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SPAN-101 - Elementary Spanish I - Caradawn Holter, M.A.

Course:Elementary Spanish I
Professor:Caradawn Holter, M.A.
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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¡Hola! My name is Caradawn Holter and I will be your Spanish 101 instructor this semester. I look forward to introducing you to this beautiful language. Our class meets 100% online or in hybrid format, as noted in the class schedule listed on

Course Description

Spanish 101 introduces you to the language within a cultural context. You will read, write, listen to and speak Spanish with your classmates and me on a regular basis. You will develop linguistic and cultural proficiency at the novice mid-level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). At the end of this course, you will be able to analyze the relationship between the perspectives, practices and products of various Hispanic cultures. This course is taught in Spanish. UC/CSU: 5 credits

What to Expect in this Course

At the end of this course you will, at the Novice-Low to Novice Mid-level, be able to:

  • 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;
  • Compare and contrast common cultural differences between Spanish-speaking countries and U.S. culture as well as demonstrate rudimentary knowledge of the geography of Spanish-speaking countries and significant historical events and figures.

Types of Assessments

There are two components to this course:      

Canvas, your Course Management System, houses announcements, modules, discussions and other activities. Log into Canvas at on the first day of class. For any Canvas-related issues, please call the Canvas Student Support line at (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support. Please note that students who do not post to Discussion #1 in Canvas by the second scheduled day of class will be dropped from the course as a No-Show. 

MindTap, your Learning Management System, houses your electronic textbook (ebook), homework assignments, tutorials, exams, quizzes, and gradebook. Detailed instructions for enrolling in MindTap will be provided to you on or before the first day of class. Students who do not purchase the MindTap for Conectados program by the second scheduled day of class may be dropped from the course as a No-Show.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information

Conectados 2nd Edition with MindTap. Detailed instructions for purchasing this program will be emailed to you on or before the first day of class. Approximate cost: $65.

Electronic Textbook (eBook) Information

MindTap for Conectados 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning. A direct link for purchasing MindTap for Conectados will be provided to you before the first week of class. Approximate cost: $65.

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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!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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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.

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

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Last updated: 11/19/2021 Sub#: 742