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Spanish 101 - Elementary Spanish I - Dr. Claudia Acosta

Course:Elementary Spanish I
Professor:Dr. Claudia Acosta
  • Online
Course Length:Other: Short-Term Classes (5 or 8 weeks)
Textbook Title:Conectados, EBook MindTap Access (Do not purchase, wait for instructions by email)
Types of Assessments:Tests: 90% are online with the exception of the midterm and final oral exams (via Zoom as they are spontaneous interviews conducted in real time). There will be 1-2 mini-quizzes and 1-2 exams per chapter, a midterm oral and a comprehensive final (written and oral).


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Hola! Mi nombre es Claudia Acosta. I am excited to facilitate your learning experience this term! I trust that you will find Spanish language and culture fascinating and highly enriching. Most students do well in my courses because they are focused and determined to complete the accelerated course. 3 things to keep in mind: 1-Get started with your weekly assignments from the first day; 2-Set aside time to review communicative functions (practice), and 3-Maintain good communication with instructor. I look forward to meeting you online!


Course Description

Spanish 101 studies Spanish as a foreign language within its rich and relevant cultural contexts. It presents vocabulary, structures, and grammatical patterns necessary for comprehension and production of spoken and written Spanish at the college level while developing all four skills and culture. We will study a total of five chapters revolving around student life, work, hobbies, travel, and daily activities. Structures studied include present tense, future forms and past tense. Taught in Spanish. CSU/UC 5 Credits.

What to Expect in this Course

The course follows a modular configuration and is structured weekly. Login to Canvas regularly (at least 3-4 times per week) to complete all academic activities in both Canvas and MindTap. Attendance is online. A weekly session in real time/live is available via Zoom (optional attendance) day/time TBA.  At the end of the course, students will be able to...1-Demonstrate competence by communicating through reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Spanish at the novice mid-level; 2-Analyze the relationship between perspectives, practices and products of the Spanish culture at the novice mid-level.

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

Wait to receive email instructions from instructor before purchasing the Ebook. 90% of the assignments, quizzes and exams will be from your Ebook in MindTap. A free trial (no purchase needed) is available for the first 7-14 days.



Other Relevant Course Information

Important: 1-All communication related to this course will go to your canyons email! 2- The first day of class log in to Canvas and complete Module Day 1 to avoid being dropped from the course.

Make sure you have a computer with internet access with a working microphone as voice recording activities are an essential part of this course. Tablets, Apps, and other mobile devices can be used to view or read content, and to complete some assignments, however there is required work including some exams that can only be performed on a computer.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accomodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.

Last updated: 11/09/2020 Sub # Orig: 1953