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SPAN-211 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers I - Lucia Pozo-Gravatt

Course:Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
Professor:Lucia Pozo-Gravatt
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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¡Bienvenidos al curso de español! Les saluda su profesora Lucía Pozo. :-)

Welcome to the Spanish for Heritage Learners course, if you Speak Spanish you are in the right course! This is the first semester class for Spanish Heritage Speakers. During this class we will be immersed in the fascinating Spanish language and culture.

This class meets 100% online, as noted in the class schedule listed on

Have a great semester!

Course Description

Span 211 focuses on developing and strengthening reading and writing skills while exploring Spanish speaking culture. Emphasis is placed on spelling, punctuation, lexical variations, idioms and cultural components of the Spanish language. This class is designed for students who communicate in Spanish, heritage speakers, and/or have near-native oral proficiency.

This course is taught entirely in Spanish.

5 credit units. UC/CSU


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Communicate through reading and writing in Spanish at the advanced low level according to the ACTFL guidelines.
  2. Analyze the relationship between perspectives, practices and products of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.


Course Content:

Major structures presented include present, preterit, and imperfect tenses. Students will learn mechanics for writing such as: spelling, uses of b/v, g/j, s/c/z, h/vowel, y/i etc., accents, and uses of punctuation signs among other topics.

In addition to mastering communicative and functional skills, an important goal is to provide a cross-cultural understanding of Peninsular and Latin American societies.

What to Expect in this Course

The course is 100% online. You will need to log in to Canvas regularly to keep up with postings and to check for updates from your instructor. The content will be delivered in modules in Canvas and requiring weekly completion. It is essential to have an online presence and to log in at least three times during the week.

Due to the accelerated nature of the course, there are no make-ups. Students are expected to complete all assignments and be academically engaged in the course.

Types of Assessments

Tests are online, there will be quizzes, chapter exams, and a final exam. Every week we will have an evaluation. We will use Proctorio for assessments (protects academic integrity).

Textbook Information

This is a ZTC (Zero Text Cost) course, no textbook purchase is required. All material will be provided by the instructor.

Computer with Internet access is required. Make sure your microphone is working properly, voice recording activities are an important part of this course.

Note: Tablets, apps, and other mobile devices can be used to view or read content, but assignments and evaluations can only be performed on a computer.

Other Relevant Course Information

Having trouble signing for this class? If you do not meet the prerequisite for this class (Span 102), but you speak Spanish, email the instructor so you can register in this course (based on your ability to communicate in Spanish).

For more information about the Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses at COC and registration (challenging the prerequisite if needed) - please go to the following page (Span 211 - HL information):

Interested in the Spanish AA-T Degree? We have a fantastic Spanish program, this course is part of the program’s requirements, please ask your instructor or counselor for more information.

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: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 675