Teresa Borden

Teresa Borden


Email is best (I check it daily,) but if you need to phone me, please call 530-327-7057. I never check the college voice mail number on the left (and would delete it from this page, if I could!)


·     Span 1A, Section 4086, is offered as a totally online 5-unit class for Fall 2021. Expect to commit to at least TEN to FIFTEEN hours a week of learning and studying to be successful. Both classes will be taught in Canvas, the Learning Management System used for online courses at Columbia College.

·     You can see the syllabus for Span 1A under Downloads on the left.

·     You MUST buy an access code for the E-text, Portales, where you will complete your learning activities. See your options for buying directly from the publisher at the link on the left under Resources. You will first have to register with VHL (and will use the same name and password to later log in to complete activities in Portales) before you see your options. 

·   You will have options for access code only or access code with a loose-leaf text. You DO NOT need a paper text but some people like to have one. There are two textbooks on reserve in the Columbia College library for student use and Portales includes an eCompanion or e-text, which is the same as the paper text. If you plan to take Span 1B in the spring of 2022, the 24-month access code will be most cost-effective. If you only plan to take Span 1A in Fall 2021, the 6-month access code will be enough.


I will send an email to all registered and wait-listed students about a week before class begins with important information. All email communication is sent to students' YCCD student email accounts, so be sure to have that set up! Take a look at this page on how to set up your student email. Check this page for ITC information and online resources for students.

As noted in the Syllabus, I will be conducting a live orientation online via ConferZoom the first Thursday (Span 1A) of the semester at 7 p.m. You will find more details in the Orientation Module for our class in Canvas. Bring your questions and let's get to know each other!



I first learned Spanish in Mexico many years ago and, later in life, decided to pursue a BA and teaching credential at CSU, Chico. I taught high school Spanish for several years before beginning to teach Spanish at Columbia College in 2003. I've been teaching Spanish online since 2009 and also work with the Online Education Initiative as an online course reviewer, teach professional development courses for online instructors with @One and score Spanish exams for an educational testing company. I am passionate about language and quality online learning!

I live in Magalia, CA with my husband, Joe (also known as Jose, el gringo,) our two dogs and our cat. We enjoy living close to my daughter and grand kids near Chico. My daughter (who was born in Mexico over 35 years ago!) is an RN at a Chico hospital. I am so proud of her! I love to read, write, listen to music, play guitar, watch good films, cook and travel. 

I look forward to learning about you, what you love to do and what you're passionate about! Hasta luego, Profesora Teresa