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SPAN-101 - Elementary Spanish I - Gabriela Aprato

Course:Elementary Spanish I
Professor:Gabriela Aprato
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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My name is Gabriela Aprato and I will facilitate your learning experience this term in this 100% online language course.

Most students do very well in my courses online because they are focused and are determined to complete the course. It is important to get started reading the first chapter, develop a study routine, and maintain good communication with your instructor.

Course Description

This course 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. Taught in Spanish.

CSU/UC 5 credit units.  

What to Expect in this Course

Student Learning Outcomes:


  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.

Types of Assessments

The content will be delivered in weekly modules. Students are expected to login to Canvas regularly (3-4 times per week) to complete all work in both Canvas and MindTap. Tests are online with the exception of the midterm and final oral exams (via zoom, spontaneous interview).

There will be 1-2 mini-quizzes and exams per chapter, and a comprehensive final (written and oral).

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Conectados, Cengage Publishing. Second Edition MindTap

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. MT access is required from day 1 — free trial is available for 14 days.

Other Relevant Course Information

Computer with internet access. Make sure your microphone is working properly. Voice recording activities are an essential part of this course. Observation: Tablets, apps, and other mobile devices can be used to view or read content, but assignments 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 Accommodation 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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/14/2021 Sub#: 626