Following the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning the objectives of the first-year elementary-level Spanish language series are organized around five main areas:
COMMUNICATION. At the end of the 100-level series students will have acquired a novice high/intermediate low proficiency level, which means they will be able to handle successfully a variety of basic communicative tasks necessary for survival in a Spanish speaking context. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 102 will be able to:
- Greet using tú and usted.
- Talk about professions, job skills, and the work environment.
- Write a letter to apply for a job.
- Give directions.
- Describe your house and its furniture.
- Talk about trips, transportation, itineraries, and activities related to travel.
- Request and give time and date. Situate actions in time and space.
- Ask questions and give recommendations.
- Talk about food, drinks, and restaurants.
- Order in a restaurant or bar.
- Give instructions to prepare food and share recipes. Talk about quantities, weights, and measures.
- Describe and compare cities and places: characteristics, services, weather, problems, etc.
- Express opinions, wishes, and preferences.
- Express agreement and disagreement.
- Make and defend a proposal.
- Talk about the past and the circumstances surrounding it.
- Narrate historical and socio-political events.
- Relate biographical data.
CULTURES. Students will have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. They will be more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken, will have explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic world, and will have increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.
CONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Spanish language.
COMPARISONS. Students will have developed new insights into the nature of language and culture that will allow them to establish comparisons not only between languages, but also between the Hispanic cultures and their own.
COMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Spanish language to participate in Hispanic communities at home and around the world.