This course is the first step in the process of acquiring language and cultural proficiency in Spanish. In light of new technological trends as applied to language and culture teaching and learning, a wide range of vocabulary, communicative grammar, reading, and writing skills are systematically developed in order to facilitate appropriate verbal and written expression. The development of active-listening comprehension and oral production are strongly emphasized throughout the course. In general, the four linguistic modes, as well as the reinforcement of cultural competence, are emphasized for practical communicative purposes. That is, the 5 C’s (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) and the 3 P’s (Practices, Products, and Perspectives)—as suggested by the international standards for language/culture learning and teaching—will be guiding principles.