Spanish courses are designed to give students the beginning level proficiencies needed to continue Spanish in high school. It is expected that students will have the commitment and skill level to meet the academic requirements of this course. Students will learn a wide variety of vocabulary with an emphasis on regular/irregular verbs in the present tense, understanding an array of conversations, performing oral and listening exercises, reading and understanding various written passages, writing descriptive paragraphs and simple letters, and recognizing the cultural differences and similarities of Spanish speaking countries.