Second-Year Spanish

prepares students for study abroad alongside native speakers of Spanish through increasing focus on presentational discourse, with emphasis on academic and professional registers of the language.

Second-Year Spanish

Objectives

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:

Interpersonal

Interacting with others with, e.g.,

  • socially appropriate expression of respect, politeness, gratitude, friendliness, and distance
  • appropriate use of and usted
  • increasing sophistication in discussions of academic and professional topics

Interpretive

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

Presentational

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.

Second-Year Courses

Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso, Chile by Loïc Mermilliod

Cultural Emphasis Track

SPANLANG 11C, 12C, and 13C integrate the study of culture and language. For further information, contact the %20alimiano [at] stanford.edu (Program Coordinator).

Bulevar Villa Deportiva, Guatemala

Bulevar Villa Deportiva, Guatemala by Clovis Castaneda

Interrnational Relations Track

SPANLANG 11R, 12R, and 13R integrate the study of geopolitics, socioeconomics, and language. For further information, contact the %20alimiano [at] stanford.edu (Program Coordinator).

by Jeison Higuita

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 %20alimiano [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.