SPA100Y0 Spanish for Beginners

An intensive introductory course designed to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing 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 small group sessions where grammar practice and conversation skills will be emphasized through a variety of activities.

Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of Spanish.
Exclusion: SPA219Y1, SPA319Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, SPA420H1
SPA100Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field Trips: This course will include mandatory field trips to Seville’s major architectural sites, such as the “Alcázar” (Royal Palace) and the “Giralda” (Seville’s Cathedral). Students will also have the opportunity to participate in other guided tours to cultural sites, such as visiting a local market, an Oil Factory and a winery. The program also includes a one-day excursion to Italica’s Roman Ruins, a one day excursion to Cordoba, and a three-day excursion to Granada, including visits to the Cathedral, Royal Chapel, and the Alhambra, the most famous Moorish fortress of Spain and one of the most visited monuments in the world. The cost of these field trips is CAD$625, paid to UofT for all entrance fees, transportation, tours and guides.

Instructor: Alejandra Arazola was born in Cádiz, Spain. She holds a BA in Translation & Interpreting (French-English) from the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville) and a MA in Spanish as Second Language from the University of Seville. She has recently started a PhD in the field of Hispanic Lexicography. Alejandra has been teaching Spanish to foreign learners since 2010. She has taught in France, Spain and in the United States at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At CINECU she has taught Introduction to the Hispanic Literature (19th century) and Spanish Pop Culture in the Spring Semester 2015.

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