This course is designed for students new to grades 6, 7, or 8 who have had no previous Spanish experience and for those students requiring a stronger foundation after Elementary Spanish. The focus is on the development of basic communicative skills and an introduction to Hispanic culture. Students learn to talk about their activities, school, food, and hobbies. Much emphasis is given to oral work, but written skills are stressed as well. Activities include games, skits, oral interviews, and songs that aim to build the skills the student will need to communicate in Spanish.