Spanish I is the introductory course in Spanish for beginning students that develops the fundamentals of grammar and practical vocabulary needed to reach specific communicative benchmarks within the cultural framework of Spain and Latin America. Classroom activities are designed to develop skills in listening and reading comprehension, as well as written and oral proficiency. Reading selections give contextualized examples of the grammatical structures being studied while giving students a glimpse into the richness, diversity and complexity of the Spanish-speaking world. The online textbook uses integrated audio and video material to strengthen aural comprehension and comfort with a range of native speaker accents and intonation. The course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish.