This course offers a dynamic and interactive introduction to Spanish. This is a language course for first-year students of Spanish and is designed to aid development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This course will be conducted in Spanish and will introduce you to the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language and to the most important socio-cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. In order to achieve these goals, you need to participate actively in class. In addition, you are expected to commit more time to preparing for all classes, doing the exercises that have been assigned in class and attending the activities on campus that are also part of this course. The course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language along with a variety of vocabulary and cultural topics through extensive use of video, classroom practice, and weekly conversation sessions with a student assistant. It prepares students for the second-semester Spanish course to be offered in Spring 2013.