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Spanish 101 - Elementary Spanish I - Fiorella Chauca

Course:Elementary Spanish I
Professor:Fiorella Chauca
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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My name is Fiorella Chauca and I will facilitate your learning experience this semester in this language Online-live 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, to 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: Preliminary Chapter, 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).


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


What to Expect in this Course

Unlike your traditional courses, this course is partially online. That means half of your work will be done online. So, what will that look like?

Virtual Zoom Meetings: We will meet every Wednesday  4:15 pm – 6:50 pm, via Zoom.

Class meeting time will be used for review and application of the Spanish language though communicative/ listening activities. You will have two in-class exams (midterm and final exams), and chapters 1-5 online quizzes (communicative and written) and chapter exams.

ONLINE WORK: On the days that class does not meet, you do online work to make up those class hours. This includes a discussion and any other online cultural activity I may include. Your quizzes and exams will be submitted online as well as the exams. Also, all of your assignments will be expected to be complete and turned in online by a date and time that is on your syllabus. Please understand that because this course relies on technology (i.e. the Internet), it is a bad idea to wait until the last minute to complete any online work. It will require that you manage your time well and ask for assistance when needed. In general, do not wait until a minor problem has escalated into a major one.

The content will be delivered in modules, requiring weekly completion. You will need to login to Canvas at least two-three times per week to keep up with postings and to check for updates from your instructor. Students who do not login on Canvas and submit  all check in assignments as well as register in MindTap by Monday 11:59 p.m.  will be dropped from the course as a No Show.

All course announcements and individual emails are sent through Canvas which only uses Canyons email accounts. Therefore, you MUST check your Canyons email on a regular basis (several times a week) for the duration of the course. This is the best way to contact me as well. Please note: I will only respond to students within 24-48 hours who email me through CANVAS or their MyCanyons accounts. It is a violation of FERPA for me to connect with you on your personal email accounts


Course Passing Policy:

Students who fail the oral or final combined, will not pass the course! In order to obtain a passing grade for this course, a min. of 70% is required in the final exam (at least at the oral or average grade of both the oral and the written). 

Types of Assessments

Testing regulations: Tests are online, except the midterm and final oral- written exams. There will be a total of five chapter exams, a midterm oral, and a final exam divided in oral and written parts. Additionally, there will be 2-3 mini-quizzes per chapter.


Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Required textbook:

MindTap(Digital Platform access only) for Conectados 2nd Ed. – Marinelli & Fajardo–Digital. 

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Description automatically generated MindTap for Conectados- 2nd Edition (eBook). MindTap access is required from day 1- A detail information on how to register and access MindTap will be inside the Getting Started Module – Day 1. 90% of the assignments, quizzes and exams will be from your eBook in MindTap. You will need to complete about 65-75weekly activities .

Other Relevant Course Information

Canvas, a Course Management System that houses announcements, modules, discussions and other activities. Log into Canvas at Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas.

MindTap- the Learning Management System that houses your electronic textbook (eBook), homework assignments, tutorials, exams, quizzes, and gradebook. There you will create an account and register. More information will be provided in the course orientation module during the first day of class.

My ultimate goal is to see you succeed, so I will do whatever I can to help you throughout the semester. More of my policies and more detailed explanations will be in the syllabus

Other Materials Required: Computer with reliable internet access to complete and participate in various projects and assignments. Make sure your microphone is working properly and camera. Voice recording activities are an essential part of this course. OBS: Tablets and cell phones can be used mostly to view the course material, but assignments, especially recordings, can only be performed on a computer. Success in this course: To succeed in and enjoy this course, you need to be self-reliant, self-aware, motivated, disciplined, and focused. It relies upon your commitment to do the coursework independently.

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)

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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

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.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 06/08/2021 Sub#: 233