In Spanish 1 “students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. To develop students’ communicative competence, emphasis is placed on use of Spanish in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations in which students are required to communicate. Through the language learning process, students develop a greater understanding of the structure of their own language and the unique aspects of their own culture. An important component of learning Spanish is using the language in the real world beyond the classroom setting. One way this can be accomplished is through integration of technology into the classroom, as technology is an important means of accessing authentic information in Spanish and in providing students the opportunity to interact with other Spanish speakers” (doe.virginia.gov).