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SPAN-101 - Elementary Spanish I - Maria Hernandez

Course:Elementary Spanish I
Professor:Maria Hernandez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Maria Hernandez

Dear students, I would like to welcome you. During this session I will facilitate your learning experience this semester in this hybrid language course. I hope that you will find me always available and ready to help. I also hope that all Spanish influences around you in street names, people you have met, fiestas (parties) you have attended, and even foods and music you have enjoyed find maximum expression in this course and bring out the Spanish speaker in you. It is important, get started reading the first chapter, develop a study of 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. Content: Chapter 1 through chapter 5. Structures include present tense, progressive form, and preterit tense. Context relates to the student’s personal world (school, work, family, social life, food).

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. 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

Tests: 90% are online. There will be 1-2 exams per chapter and a comprehensive final written exam online.
Midterm and Final oral exams via Conferzoom as they are spontaneous interviews conducted in real time.

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Conectados. Cengage

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 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.


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: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1089