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SPAN 122: Spanish for Communication

Welcome to Spanish for Teachers! This is an introductory course, designed for students without any previous knowledge of Spanish. The goal of this class is to teach you how to communicate simply but effectively in Spanish in your classroom. This is not a traditional beginning Spanish course - this is a training class for clear, basic communication in your work setting.

In our on-line environment you will be practicing elements particular to a school environment - basic vocabulary, understandable communication and cultural concerns. You will also have the opportunity to learn some basic grammar.

So here's what you need to know and thanks for reading! Questions???? Please feel free to contact me at I check my e-mail often and do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Access Requirements

If you choose to take the class pass/no pass then there are no mandatory on-campus meetings. If you wish to receive a letter grade in the class then you must take the on-campus final on Saturday May 19th (time and location will be announced later). This course is not a self-paced course but an online community of learners working through a 17-week semester. It unfolds week-by-week with the whole class participating in weekly exercises and discussions together. If you are seeking an independent studies course, know in advance that this is not one. You do have to log on at least twice a week to work in the course, and, within the weekly deadlines, you can pick whichever days and times suit you. A new week of course content with assignments is released each Monday for you to work on during the week.

Primarily you will use two websites:

1. The class web site in Moodle via MyCOM. For information about getting a MyCOM account, read the FAQ's on the MyCOM Portal login page. #6 on the Portal login page explains how to get to Moodle.

2. And for taking quizzes (log in instructions are available on the Moodle).

First Day of Class Instructions

All enrolled students are required to login to the class Moodle website between 6 pm Monday, January 23 and 6 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2012 to hold their spot in the class. If a registered student does not login to the class site during this 24-hour period, his or her spot may be given to a student on the waitlist.

Materials Required:

  1. Spanish for Educators (2nd edition - book and audio CD package), William Harvey, Barron's Publishing (ISBN 0-7641-7953-5)
  2. Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez (ISBN 0-06-026704-6)
  3. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (ISBN 0-67-973477-5)

Book Purchases: Students may purchase their books online by visiting COM's online bookstore, or students may buy the books at the COM campus. Please purchase second edition of the Spanish for Eductors text, since content and pagination in the first edition does not match with course assignments also please be sure to get the edition with audio CDs.

What To Do When You First Access The Course Online

Be advised that Moodle works best with Firefox. Not all features function with Safari for Mac users. If you run into any technical problems, check your browser using the helpful information at the following link:
Take some time to familiarize yourself with these 2 helpful Moodle FAQs for students and bookmark them for future reference:

Finally, there is an important note that you should read and heed at the top right of your Moodle home screen: "Closing this browser does not end your session. In order to end a session you must click on Logout (top right side of browser window). If you do not log out, your session will remain active. The next person to use this computer will have full access to your account." Make yourself a sticky note to remind yourself to log out!

I hope this welcome letter answers your preliminary questions. If you have others, please email me

I look forward to hearing from you!

Carol Copenhagen

Modern Language Department