Students will acquire a general knowledge of the basic grammar constructs, along with a socio-cultural view of the Spanish speaking countries; they will also achieve basic receptive and productive skills both in the oral and in the written language. From the first day, the main objective of the class is communication, to encourage students to actively use language and to interact with other classmates. At the end of this class, you will be able to interact in Spanish in a basic manner. You will be able to understand and employ full sentences and frequently used expressions in personal, shopping, local environment and employment contexts. You will also be able to describe your background, immediate environment and current situation in simple terms. ABOUT INSTITUTO CERVANTES The Instituto Cervantes was created by the Spanish government in 1991 to promote the teaching of Spanish and to help spread the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. The headquarters of the institution is located in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), birthplace of writer Miguel de Cervantes. Instituto Cervantes is thriving on five continents with 71 schools, enrollment of more than 200,000, almost 6,000 cultural events, 4,000 library users every day and about nine million visits to the Virtual Center Cervantes on the Internet.