Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 111/3.0


This course is designed for anyone that would like to learn the Spanish language. 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.

NOTE: This course is not open to native speakers, which includes anyone who used the language as his or her principal language of education.

Learning Outcomes

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

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 an academic integrity pledge during the first week of classes formally declaring that they have no prior knowledge of Spanish.


Summer (May–July) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


15% - MindTap online exercises

10% - Conversational Activities (x4) 

5% - Tutorial Sessions (x5)

10% - Group Presentation

30% - Proctored Final Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Proctored Exams

If a student is enrolled in ONLY online courses (section 700), they may choose either of the following options to write the exam:

  • Write the final exam online: you will write in onQ with Examity proctoring. A $100 online exam fee will be charged to your SOLUS account.  
  • Write the final exam in-person: you will write on Queen’s campus in Kingston. You will not be charged an extra fee to write on campus. 

If a student is enrolled in ANY in-person courses (section 001, 002, etc), you MUST write all your final exams in-person on Queen’s campus, including for an online course. You may not choose to write your exams online. 

Location and Timing of Final Exams

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed in the Academic Calendar. Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations. 

Instructor Information

Dr. Claudio Palomares Salas (

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Students will have two options for purchasing these materials.

  • We recommend that you purchase a subscription to MindTap, which includes access to the etextbook and all online exercises.

    MindTap Instant Access Code for Hola Amigos, 4th Canadian Edition (12 Months/Two Term Access), ISBN: 9780176919184  $99.95

To purchase an access code for MindTap, select SPAN 111 (On the Queen’s Campus Bookstore Access Code Search Engine.


  • If you prefer to read from a physical textbook, you may purchase a hard copy of the book in addition to a subscription for MindTap by using the Campus Bookstore’s Textbooks Search Engine.

    Hola, amigos + MindTap Instant Access for Jarvis' ¡Hola, amigos!, 4th Canadian Edition, Toronto: Nelson Education, 2021. ISBN: 9780176898809 $193.95 

We will cover from the Preliminary lesson to Lesson 5 of this textbook.

Students will require a computer with a web camera and a good quality headset equipped with a microphone.

All other required and recommended materials will be available through onQ.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend on average about 8 to 10 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.