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SPAN-102 - Elementary Spanish II - Gabriela Aprato

Course:Elementary Spanish II
Professor:Gabriela Aprato
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


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My name is Gabriela Aprato, and I will facilitate your learning experience this term in this online/ remote distance education language course. Most students do very well in my courses because they are focused and are determined to complete the course. They also are resourceful and are always on top of their weekly work. It is important to get started reading the first chapter, develop a study routine, and maintain good communication with your instructor.  

Course Description

Spanish 102 is the second semester of College level Spanish. It covers vocabulary, and grammatical patterns necessary for comprehension and production of spoken and written Spanish, through a task-based approach in order to help students develop communicative competence in all four skills areas (listening, reading, speaking and writing). An important goal is to provide a cross-cultural understanding of Latin American societies. As you study the text, learn about the diversity and rich cultures of the Spanish speaking people and share the learning experience with other students. CSU/UC 5 Credits.

What to Expect in this Course

Students must login and complete the self-introductory discussion posting and syllabus quiz by 11pm on first day of class to avoid being dropped from the course due to college “No Show ”policy.

The content will be delivered in weekly modules. Students are expected to login to Canvas regularly (3-4 times per week) to keep up with postings and to check for updates from your instructor. Tests are online with the exception of the midterm and final oral exams (via zoom, spontaneous interview).

It is imperative to read your email daily, and keep updated on the communication. Missing instructor’s emails will not be considered a valid excuse. View the class program  attached to the syllabus - carefully on the first day of class, and absolutely make sure you won’t miss deadlines. The course has weekly deadlines on Sundays. Additionally, there are 2 Oral Interview exams that must be taken on the  midterm and final weeks.


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.

Types of Assessments

There will be a total of one to two asynchronous exams per week in MindTap. Throughout the semester, there will be one oral diagnostic; and two oral interviews (Zoom) - Midterm Oral, and Final Oral. Lastly, there will be one comprehensive final written exam on the last week of class.

NOTE: The written exam will be proctored, it requires a computer with camera and microphone. It cannot be taken on any other device.

Textbook Information

MindTap for Marinelli/Fajardo's Conectados, 2nd Edition. Cengage Learning. You will have the information to access it on the Module "Course Information" the first day of class.

IMPORTANT: The eBook will be available on DAY 1 of class and will be accessible through Canvas. Please do not purchase anything until you receive the instructions from your teacher. Students shall receive all necessary information on how to access the eBook on first day of class. Assignments will be submitted online in Canvas, and MindTap, which is integrated with Canvas.

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. MT access is required from day 1.

Other Relevant Course Information

Computer with internet access. Make sure your microphone is working properly. Voice recording activities are an essential part of this course. Observation: Tablets, apps, and other mobile devices can be used to view or read content, but assignments can only be performed on a computer.

Technical Requirements:

  1. A dependable updated PC or MAC
  2. 8-16 GB memory is recommended
  3. Access to reliable internet connection to complete/ participate in various projects and assignments
  4. Google chrome or Firefox are recommended. Some programs work better with certain type of browsers. You will need flash player
  5. Microphone/Webcam/Speakers to participate in the video conferences/virtual office hours
  6. Access to MS Office to complete various assignments                                                                                         
  7. Access to Zoom
  8. Check specific iLrn system requirements:

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: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 654