Introductory Spanish Language and Culture
Introductory Spanish Language and Culture

Introductory Spanish Language and Culture

Lead Author(s): Monica Millan, Marisol Garrido

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An introduction to the Spanish language, with emphasis on the development of basic communicative skills and awareness of cultural practices of Hispanic countries.

Table of Contents

Introducción
- Learning a foreign language
- The do's and dont's of language learning
-  Pronunciation tips 
- The Spanish alphabet
- Using cognates
- Useful expressions for class
- Language and culture

Capítulo 1
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: North America
- Greetings and introductions
- Identifying masculine/feminine and singular/plural words (Gender and number)
- Numbers 1-100
- Giving details about myself and others (Subject pronouns & the Verb ser)
- Asking for and giving personal information
- Glossary

Capítulo 2
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: Central America  
- Expressing possessions I (Present tense of tener)
- Talking about family
- Expressing possessions II (Possessives Adjectives)
- Talking about Clothing (colors)
- Expressing emotions and conditions (Present tense of estar & descriptive adjectives)
- Describing physical characteristics and personality traits (Ser and estar: ¿Cómo es? ¿Cómo está?)
- Glossary

Capítulo 3
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: The Caribbean
- Talking about professions and occupations: classes and places in the university
- Talking about Time
- Talking about dates, weather, and seasons
- Talking about daily activities (Present tense of regular verbs - necesitar)
- Talking about leisure activities and sports: likes and dislikes (Present tense of gustar)
- Glossary

Capítulo 4
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: Andean Countries
- Talking about places in a city
- Giving directions
- Transactions
- Talking about food and preferences
- Present tense of querer
- Glossary

Capítulo 5
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: The Southern Cone
- Talking about the home (parts of the house)
- Expressing actions (Present tense of irregular verbs - poder & frequency adverbs)
- Describing the human body & talking about illnesses & treatments (idiomatic expressions with tener & tener que)
- Glossary

Capítulo 6
- Learning objectives
- Lengua y Cultura: Spain and other Spanish speaking countries
- Talking about travels
- Means of transportation
- Present tense of ir
- Talking about future plans
- Ir a to express future
​- Glossary