Beginning Spanish I | Arts and Science ONLINE

Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 111/3.0

Offers a basic level of Spanish understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students who have no knowledge of Spanish whatsoever.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term 

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will acquire a basic skill level in the four areas of speaking, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of SPAN 111, you will be able to communicate orally and in writing at a beginner's level in a range of everyday situations. For example, you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself and others.
  • Participate in simple conversations on topics such as family, the weather, food, and travel.
  • Ask for and give directions.
  • Ask for explanations.
  • Ask simple questions and respond to straightforward requests.
  • Ask for and give opinions.
  • Describe a person, an event, or a situation.
  • Use idiomatic expressions.

 Students must sign a waiver form during the first week of classes officially declaring that they have no prior knowledge of Spanish.


This course is designed for anyone that would like to learn the Spanish language. The course consists of the study of the fundamentals of the language, using Spanish as the language of instruction. Emphasis is on grammar and vocabulary taught in context and Hispanic culture presented using interactive activities, discussion, and readings. This course is not open to native speakers, which includes anyone who used the language as his or her principal language of education.


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


10% - Online Activities and Exercises
10% - Language Production Assignment
15% - 2 Compositions (5%, 10%)
30% - 3 Tests (12%, 12%, and 6%)
35% - Proctored Final Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Consuelo Kani (

Instructor message

Welcome to SPAN 111. My name is Consuelo Kani and I will be your instructor throughout this course. I have been teaching Spanish at Queen´s University since 1996. My current teaching philosophy is founded on my experiences both as a student and as a teacher.

This course strives to give you the same experience that a student would have in a classroom environment. You will use different exercises in order to achieve basic skills in areas of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 120 hours on the course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.