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SPAN-101 - Introduction to Spanish - Luis Lara

Course:Introduction to Spanish
Professor:Luis Lara
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Spanish 101. This introductory course will cover the understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of the Spanish language along with its culture. Emphasis is on the vocabulary, grammar and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate in everyday situations. Course will include individual and small group assignments so that students will be active learners. The basic geography and history of Spanish-speaking countries will also be covered. The course will be conducted 90 percent in Spanish.

Course Description

This course will be conducted through a series of Zoom Instructional Meetings as well as online activities using MindTap and Canvas. We will be covering chapter one through chapter 5. Major structures presented include present tense, progressive form, informal commands and preterit tense. Context relates to the student’s personal world (school, work, family, hobbies, weather, food).

What to Expect in this Course

This course will require the student to attend weekly Instructional meetings via Zoom, divided by online activities and assignments. There will be five exams one at the end of each corresponding chapter. Each exam will include fill in the blank, multiple choice a voice recording and an essay section. One major cultural project and a series of Weekly Discussions. 

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Respond correctly to interrogative and declarative sentences (aural and written) by responding appropriately orally or in writing based on the vocabulary, grammar and situations introduced at the Novice-Low to Novice-Mid level.
  2. Compare and contrast common cultural differences between the country/countries where the target language is spoken and U.S. culture as well as rudimentary knowledge of geography of the target country/countries and significant historical events and figures.

Types of Assessments

Chapter assessments will be conducted via our online learning platform, MindTap.

There will be a Midterm evaluation divide into a Zoom interview and a comprehensive evaluation.

The Final will also consist of a Zoom interview and a comprehensive exam.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Conectados, Marinelli/Fajardo’s 2nd edition. Cengage publishing. In addition with the online learning platform MindTap.

Purchasing instructions and availability will be sent one week prior to course commencement. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

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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!

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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.

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Last updated: 09/15/2021 Sub#: 642