21F.701 / 21F.751 Spanish 1

Fall 2003

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Course Highlights

This course includes a selection of in-class activities, and a comprehensive related resources section.

Course Description

Spanish I is very different from other classes at MIT. The central component of the text and workbook is a series of 26 half-hour video episodes. The videos allow students to learn authentic Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Students also listen to an audio-only program integrated with the text and workbook.

In the classroom, students do a variety of activities and exercises, which include talking in Spanish about the video program, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish with classmates in pairs and small groups. The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible, but English is used where necessary for clarity and efficiency. This course deals with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This class assumes no previous knowledge of Spanish.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Margarita Ribas Groeger
Prof. Solivia Márquez

Course Meeting Times

Four sessions / week
1 hour / session


Undergraduate / Graduate