Designed for students who speak and understand basic Spanish because of life experience, but who also need practice in reading and writing Spanish and want to improve their knowledge/command of grammar and other linguistic features. Students practice and develop improved communicative competence in written and spoken Spanish for use in a variety of social contexts, settings, and registers. Readings are used as the basis of classroom discussions and writing practice. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are emphasized. The course is conducted primarily in Spanish.