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SPA101 First Year Spanish-First Term

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  • CRN: 41308
  • Credits: 4
  • Notes: Students are recommended to take SPA 111C, see class details
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Remote, Monday and Wednesday, from 11:30am to 12:50pm
      From September 26 through December 14, 2022, Lina Quiroga

Class materials


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Details about this class

Welcome to Spanish 101! I look forward to a great term with you! This course has two synchronous Zoom meetings per week and attendance is considered mandatory. In those sessions, you can expect to be interacting in groups of 2-4 classmates in breakout rooms. Please note that camera use is expected while in breakout rooms and encouraged during the entire meeting. Improving speaking proficiency is a primary goal of this class, and we’ll have fun practicing together while incorporating cultural components, music and games…all in Spanish, of course!

  • In addition to the Zoom sessions, there are other asynchronous activities required, like completing activities in the online workbook (“VHL Supersite”), discussion board posts, VoiceThreads, and written assessments.
  • The time commitment for this course will be equivalent to the time that you would usually spend in the classroom on campus (4 hours per week) plus time spent on studying and completing a homework load appropriate for a 4-credit, college-level course (about two hours outside of class for each credit hour). This time commitment includes both synchronous work (e.g. class meetings, practice with classmates) and asynchronous work (e.g. studying, homework).

Students are highly recommended to take SPA 101 and SPA 111C simultaneously.  

  • SPA 111C is a one-credit conversation course that meets twice a week for 25 minutes (50 min/week). Some SPA 101 classes have a recommended SPA 111C on the schedule because the conversation section meets right before their 101,  and it’s taught by the same instructor. If the SPA 101 class that you have decided to take doesn’t have a specific conversation section suggested on the Course Notes, you are welcome to take any 111C that fits your schedule.
  • Why should I take SPA 111C?  In the conversation class,  you will have an opportunity to practice what you are learning in SPA 101. You will be working on your listening and speaking skills with classmates, with your instructor’s guidance and support. Students who don’t take 111C will have 10 hours less of practice of the Spanish language than the classmates who take 111C. 101 + 111C is the perfect combination to develop your communicative skills (aural and oral), and communication is the main goal of our SPA program.


Required technology for this course includes a computer with a reliable Internet connection, microphone, and webcam. If you have questions or concerns about the required technology, please contact your instructor. Platforms for this course include Zoom, D2L Brightspace, VoiceThread and VHL Supersite (included in the textbook package sold through the PCC bookstore).

Make sure to buy the book new so you have access to the VHL Supersite code.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.