This is a first-year Spanish course. The students will be using a new digital textbook this year called EspaƱol Santillana.  It will be a blended model of digital and print as the students will also have two print workbooks.  The new text emphasizes learning how to communicate a message rather than focusing on simply manipulating grammatical structures. In each chapter, the vocabulary, grammar and culture are all interwoven rather than being taught separately, and it makes for a richer experience for the students.   Presentation of real life vocabulary also encourages communication in Spanish.  Because of the way that the text is designed, students develop a deep awareness of and appreciation for the Hispanic culture and language, both within our national borders and on the international front. Topics covered this year include life at home, shopping, food, sports and health, and the environment.