A brief, proficiency-based introductory program stressing communicative abilities, and organized according to ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Use of authentic listening and reading materials (e.g., radio broadcasts, transportation schedules, ads, magazine excerpts) promotes practical fluency. Cultural material is integrated into every aspect of the program. Class text has situational dialogues, brief grammar notes, cultural sections, class activities, and realia. Workbook contains chapter vocabularies, grammar and conversational exercises, lab manual, and reference grammar. Text includes many illustrations.