This class is built on active practice of grammar and vocabulary related to communicative skills. This course requires significant in-class participation and personal work outside the classroom.
Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad are able to learn how to produce language in a variety of situations, such as the making of requests, the use of compliments and apologies, and they also may develop skills to interpret such interactions within the local cultural context…In short, and logically, study abroad has been show to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).
This course is designed for students with little prior knowledge of the language. Students who can already use a few basic words and phrases, and who can understand very simple requests and responses are appropriate for this level. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases. Students who have studied basic language in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. Students who have studied or speak another Romance language may also be capable of entering this level. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student.
By the end of the course, the successful student will have built a solid foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening, and speaking to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below and should be capable of entering the Emerging Independent Abroad level.