The overarching goal of the second-year program is to prepare students for study abroad alongside native speakers of Spanish. This preparation is realized through increasing focus on presentational discourse, with emphasis on academic and professional registers of the language.
As in the first year of Spanish study, program objectives revolve around three key axes:
Interacting with others with, e.g.,
- socially appropriate expression of respect, politeness, gratitude, friendliness, and distance
- appropriate use of tú and usted
- increasing sophistication in discussions of academic and professional topics
Understanding Spanish in order to, e.g.,
- analyze and synthesize the main ideas and supporting data in authentic written texts
- follow and summarize shifting topics in a conversation
- compare different regional varieties and registers of Spanish
Using academic language to, e.g.
- write reports of increasing length and complexity, including persuasive papers and a research paper of 5-7 pages by the end of the third quarter
- give increasingly lengthy and more extemporaneous oral presentations, of 10 to 20 minutes in length
- compare and analyze extemporaneously
Important Note: The specific objectives of each course can be found on that course's individual page.
Interrnational Relations Track
SPANLANG 11R, 12R, and 13R integrate the study of geopolitics, socioeconomics, and language. For further information, contact the alimiano [at] stanford.edu">Program Coordinator.
Community Engaged Learning
SPANLANG 11SL, 12SL, and 13SL provides unique opportunities to engage with and learn alongside native speakers, and to witness the connections of course materials to community phenomena. These courses are designated as Cardinal Courses by the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service and subscribe to the Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service. Each course also satisfies the Exploring Difference and Power (EDP) requirement. For further information, check Explore Courses or contact the alimiano [at] stanford.edu">Program Coordinator.
Too busy to take a full language course?
Oral communication courses offer an opportunity to maintain your Spanish until you have an opportunity to take advantage of more rigorous language course.