This course explores the culture, language, history and literature of Spanish speaking countries through the study of novels, short stories, theater, poetry and current events. Review of grammar with specific emphasis on areas typically problematic for native speakers is included. Through reading and viewing modern texts and media, special attention is paid to oral and written language development across a number of Spanish language registers. This course focuses on the principles of writing and the development of basic composition skills. Writing assignments will also focus on expansion of vocabulary and syntax and learning techniques for revision.