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SPAN-211-212 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers - Fiorella Chauca

Course:Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Professor:Fiorella Chauca
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Instructor: Fiorella Chauca

I would like to welcome you to the class, and I look forward to work with you this term. Let me start off by saying “This is going to be a Great class!! I want to give you heads up, and share some information with you. If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to contact me is via Canvas-Inbox or regular canyons email system, at

Course Description

Span 211/212 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.

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.

What to Expect in this Course

Each week, students will be assigned some activities, such as grammar handouts, worksheets, short stories, newspaper articles, short video documentaries, and movies. There may also be questions posted on the online discussion board for students to respond and talk to each other as if they were in a traditional classroom. All materials are posted and submitted to the instructor through the Canvas course management system. Computer with Internet access. Make sure your microphone and camera is working properly. 

Note: The course is 100% online. It is essential to have an online presence and to log in at least four to five times during the week.  (online- via Canvas). Students do not complete the Syllabus questionnaire and the introductory discussion via Canvas by the second schedule day of class will be dropped from the course as No-Show. 

Types of Assessments

Tests are online in MindTap and in Canvas (Proctored). There will be a total of four chapter exams (written compositions), a midterm (oral presentation) and a final exam both divided in oral and written parts. Additionally, there will 1-2 mini-quizzes per chapter. (Speaking and Written). You will be required to complete mini-presentations of different cultural topics that will be evaluated as speaking quizzes. 

Textbook Information

You will receive instructions on the textbook purchase and registration to MindTap (language learning management system) prior to class. Do not purchase a textbook for this course until you receive email from your professor. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Being successful in an online class is learning the material and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material.  

  • There are 3 key steps to success in online learning:
  • STEP 1: Before the Class Begins: Be sure to review the readiness tips, login and learn how to use CANVAS, and access your campus student email.
  • STEP 2: The First Week of Class: Make sure to login on the first day of class, become oriented to the course, read the entire syllabus and complete your check in assignments.

STEP 3: During the Semester: Be sure to login daily, read the agenda of the week, this content page will be inside the weekly module, interact in discussion board forums as required, keep a schedule and planner, and submit assignments or assessments on time

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

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Last updated: 07/07/2021 Sub#: 346