This introductory course is designed to develop fundamental skills in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. In-class instruction combines lectures with smaller-group tutorial sessions to help students meet the course objectives. Lectures focus on listening and reading comprehension. Mastery of vocabulary and grammatical structures is also emphasized for enhanced communication and comprehension. In the tutorials, oral and written interaction will be emphasized through a variety of activities.