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SPAN 201 (Online) CRN 50030

Summer Semester 2020

Instructor: Edith Lopez



Welcome to distance education at Cuesta College! My name Edith Lopez, and I will be your instructor for the online version of Spanish 201. This course will start on June 15, 2020 and you will gain access to your course on the first day of classes! This class is fully online. All assignments will be completed online through Canvas and Connect. The following information will help you get started in the course. Do not buy the book! You will automatically get access to the digital book when you register.  


Instructor Contact Expectations

The best and fastest way to contact me is via email. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only. On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response.


Course Environment

All the work is done online. The eBook is called Tu Mundo and we cover six chapters. There will be assignments due every week. For each chapter, you will complete the following: video tutorials for grammar and vocabulary, tareas (homework), discussion posts, video chats, and exams.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas

Prior to the Monday classes start [June 15, 2020], you will receive an email to your address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after [June 15, 2020] and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address:


Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.


Is an online class good for you? 

  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)


Course Description

Presents a topic-based, introductory language acquisition course in standard contemporary Spanish, with emphasis on listening comprehension, oral interaction, culture centered readings, and writing of basic Spanish. Transfer: CSU; UC. 5 Units.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and apply topic-centered Spanish vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts presented in every communicative goal contained in this level when listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  2. During conversation in Spanish employ level-appropriate, topic-based questions and formulate oral answers in short phrases and full sentences, with morphological accuracy.

  3. In Spanish, convey verbally and in writing the meaning of topic-centered, level appropriate materials without resorting to word-by-word translation.

  4. Write complete sentences and brief paragraphs in Spanish referencing a variety of social and cultural situations presented in this level of the Spanish program,

  5. Describe and discuss various basic aspects of Spanish–speaking cultures.


Textbook and Materials

DO NOT BUY THE BOOK! You will automatically get access to the digital book when you register.

  1. Tu Mundo: español sin fronteras 2nd edition custom student edition textbook.

  2. Connect code w/LearnSmart (Online homework through McGraw-Hill; included with textbook)

  3. Computer Equipment: Because of the interaction nature of this class, you will need a computer for much of the coursework and you'll also need a webcam with a built-in mic (earphones with a mic).

  4. Canvas will be used for course information and to turn in some assignments.

  5. You must check your Cuesta College email regularly.


Technical Support

  • Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680 or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

  • If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

  • Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! 


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148 as soon as possible to ensure your receive the accommodations in a timely manner.


College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy:

You are expected to complete your own assignments and exams. If you are caught cheating, both you and the other students involved will receive an F.


What do we mean by “cheating?”

  • Sharing answers with another student to complete assignments or exams
  • Submitting someone else files as your own
  • Submitting either your assignments or another student’s files from a previous semester
  • Helping someone or receiving help on an exam
  • Getting someone else to take your exams


What happens if you cheat? Both you and the other students involved will receive an F on the assignment, exam, and/or for the entire course.


In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conduct at to an external site.


Add / Drop Policy

I will not add students after June 17. In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for adding/dropping classes:




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