Spanish 1 is a course designed to get students to use the language in a communicative way. Although no textbook is used, the students compile notes and handouts through the course of the year and ultimately create their own textbook. In class, students are expected to be actively engaged in the learning process. Students learn how to read, write, speak and listen in the Spanish language. Students will end the year reading a short novel in Spanish which increases their vocabulary, comprehension of the language and cultural understanding.