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Courses listed as "Online Only" may be completed entirely online.
Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

Elementary Spanish (First Semester)

This introductory course develops Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It covers basic Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. It also explores the history, geography, and customs of the Spanish-speaking world. This course corresponds to the first two years of high school Spanish.

Subject: SPAN
Course Number: 101
Section Number: 1195
Units: 4
Instructor: Detwiler,David

Instructor information about this course

Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
LMS link:
Course start page:
Course email:
Office: SAN510
Office hours: T & Th 8:20-9:20am and 2:30-3pm and by appointment
Phone: (760) 944-4449, ext. 7758
Instructor notes:
This online course is designed for students who are self-motivated, have exceptional time-management skills, and can study and learn grammar concepts without guidance of an instructor. Grammar concepts are presented through video tutorials, as well as explanations in the textbook. The instructor will be available during office hours for additional explanation and assistance if students have questions. Students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of tutoring, that is available both online and on campus. Language Coaches are also available in the Language Labs on both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses.

An in-person orientation at the Oceanside Campus will be provided the first week of the semester. The orientation is not mandatory but strongly recommended. The course will have two proctored exams, the Midterm and the Final Exam. These are cumulative exams and must be taken at the MiraCosta Proctoring Center or at an approved alternative location. If you do not live in the area you will need to call the Academic Proctoring Center ( to make arrangements to take the exams at an approved off-campus site.

To get an idea about what you can expect this semester, please visit: As you will see, this class requires technology access. Make sure that you have access to a relatively fast and reliable computer and internet connection. Without it, you won’t be able to complete the online assignments that are necessary for the course. 

As you will discover, this course is not an easier version of SPAN 101, in fact many will say that it is more difficult, since you must have excellent time management skills to complete all the material on time. This is also not a self-paced course. We will cover the first seven chapters of our textbook, roughly 2 weeks per chapter. Even though this is an online course, you will be interacting with me and with your classmates on a weekly basis. Those interactions you have may occur on campus, online or at a coffee house. Where and when you meet with your classmates is up to you, but you will need to schedule time every week to do so.

Recommendation: Buy your books early! The least expensive version is the one that you see below, which will ship directly to your home. To purchase the correct package for your course, search for ISBN: [978-1-62680-682-5] on the Vista Higher Learning store ( or buy complete packages at the school bookstore. Warning: Used and rented books bought elsewhere do not include the code you need and you will spend more if you buy your textbook and Supersite code separately. 

If you have already have a basic knowledge of Spanish, you are encouraged to consider enrolling in SPAN 203, Spanish for Heritage Speakers. SPAN 203 is the same level as SPAN 201 and is designed for students that already speak Spanish. Another alternative for Heritage Speakers is to take Credit by Exam, an option that allows students to prepare on their own during the semester and take an exam at the end of the term. This option, however, should only be considered by students that already have a strong background in Spanish.. If you are interested in either option, contact Profesora Rosa Viramontes at:

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