This is a challenging course designed around the belief that the purpose of learning Spanish is to communicate with the people who speak it and to understand their culture. In Spanish class, students will acquire vocabulary and grammar that allows them to engage in authentic communication in the Spanish Language. Classroom activities will consist of frequent pair and group interactions. Many chapters will conclude with oral presentations and projects that show that the students have acquired a minimum level of competence. Students will be expected to participate actively in every lesson, everyday