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SPAN-101 - Introduction to Spanish - Nancy Ballesteros

Course:Introduction to Spanish
Professor:Nancy Ballesteros
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


¡Hola! Welcome to Spanish 101. Mi nombre es Nancy Ballesteros, and I'm thrilled to facilitate your learning experience this session. I trust you'll find the Spanish language and culture fascinating and incredibly enriching. 

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. The course will include both online and in-person individual as well as small group assignments that will encourage active participation from students as they engage in their learning.  The basic geography and history of Spanish-speaking countries will also be covered. The course will be conducted 90 percent in Spanish. 



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.  

CSU/UC 5 Credits.

What to Expect in this Course

The course will be organized into weekly modules. Login to Canvas regularly (at least 3-4 times per week) to complete all academic activities in both Canvas and MindTap.  We will meet every Tuesday from 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm starting on June 10th and ending on August 3rd.  During the in-person meetings, students are expected to ask any questions they might have regarding the material and to participate in written and oral activities. 

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.

Types of Assessments

There will be 4-5 chapter exams (in-person) and mini-quizzes (online).  Each exam will include fill in the blank, multiple choice. short essay, listening/reading comprehension sections. One cultural project and a discussions in Canvas and in-person. 

Textbook Information

Conectados, EBook MindTap Access.

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

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

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Other Relevant Course Information


  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.

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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 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.


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Last updated: 04/08/2024 Sub#: 1740