This course is designed to enable students with no previous exposure to Spanish to achieve essential communication skills, while providing the basic grammatical, lexical, and syntactical structures to do so effectively. From the start, we will stress oral interaction in class, reinforced through pair or small-group activities. Students are required to meet with the instructor in small groups for one hour each week (small-group conference) and to attend a weekly conversation session with a language assistant. Course conducted in Spanish. Placement test is not required. Students should attend the scheduled orientation meetings and interview during registration week.