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Welcome to Spanlang 1! As part of the Stanford Language Center, the Spanish language program aims to enable students to "live, work, study, and research in a different country." You are about to embark upon the first step of this journey. This course calendar is a tool designed to help you navigate a demanding yet rewarding course that will produce noticeable results toward the mission of the Language Center.

Required text: Cuadrado et al. Protagonistas. Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2012. Print and Supersite Plus. Available at the Stanford Bookstore and www.vistahigherlearning.com/store/stanford.htm.

Using the Supersite: Learning to speak a language is like learning to play a musical instrument or sport: only by engaging in daily repetition, as with piano scales or batting practice, will you build the essential skills needed to perform language tasks. As such, daily language practice after class, to reinforce the skills introduced there, is essential. The Supersite website that accompanies Protagonistas, www.vhlcentral.com, provides a wealth of fun and helpful exercises for you to choose from using the Practice, WebSAM (Student Activities Manual), or vText (Virtual Textbook) options. In order to get you acquainted with the different types of exercises offered, you'll be asked to complete all of the Practice exercises for the first lesson of each quarter of study. Then, for the rest of the quarter, you'll be asked to complete your Favorite 5 exercises for each lesson. So, for example, in Spanlang 1, you'll complete all the Practice exercises that accompany the Lección Preliminar, and after that, you'll complete only 5 exercises for each lesson, that is, 5 exercises for Lección 1A, 5 for Lección 1B, and so on. The course calendar that follows includes helpful reminders so that you'll remember to practice daily.

Diagnostic Assessments in class: There will be six (6) diagnostic assessments administered in class on Wednesdays throughout the quarter. They will be based on weekly themes and emphasize the most recent material studied (as noted in the calendar below) but will also be cumulative. No makeup diagnostics will be offered. Instead, the lowest grade will be dropped from your overall diagnostic assessment grade, allowing you to miss a diagnostic in an emergency.

Oral Diagnostic Assessments (ODAs) and Written Diagnostic Assessments (WDAs) in the Language Lab: In addition to written diagnostics in class, you will also take oral and written diagnostics in the Digital Language Lab periodically throughout the quarter. Your instructor will announce when these are due. You will have a 48-hour window in which to complete these assignments. As such, no makeup diagnostics will be offered. ODAs and WDAs will be graded on a Pass/No credit basis, with credit being awarded when the student completes her/his own work without consulting written notes or text.

Portfolio Assignments: These assignments are designed to help you make use of your Spanish outside the classroom, in the real world of native Spanish-speakers. Portfolio assignments have an added benefit: completing them is the best way to prepare outside of class for diagnostics and exams. More importantly, portfolio assignments encourage you to use your Spanish in real-life situations, which is, after all, the endgame of learning another language.

Compositions: You will write two (2) one-page compositions (typed and double-spaced in size 12 font) this quarter on assigned topics using the Spanish you have learned. In class, preparation activities will help you feel comfortable about using the Spanish you know to write about your immediate world. Although you may want to consult an online Spanish-English dictionary occasionally, such as http://wordreference.com, your participation in this course requires you to abide by the Honor Code. Therefore, do not to use online-translators such as Google Translate, BabelFish, or SpanishDict, as these cannot teach you to write and merely spoil your writing style.

For further information about the program, see http://spanlang.stanford.edu. You'll also want to consult the language learning resources at http://spanlang.stanford.edu/resources.


Week 1

THEME: ¡Bienvenidos!

Objectives for Week One:

Interpersonal:
Introduce yourself
Meet and greet others
Express place of origin
Use numbers 1-100
Spell
Talk about people and where they're from
Ask simple questions about who or what is someone/something
Talk about the languages people speak and study
Talk about professions and ask others where they work

Interpretive:
Understand simple greetings
Understand when others express their place of origin
Understand when others name their profession

Presentational:
Begin to compose an outline for a brief essay about myself and my activities


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
9/23 Introducción al curso
Unidad Preliminar (1-8)
  • Saludos y presentaciones (Greetings and introductions)
  • El alfabeto
Study: SQ pp. 1-10.
Estudiar: páginas 1-13.
Estudiar: Course syllabus (overview, format, grading, attendance, and progress card) at http://spanlang.stanford.edu.
Supersite Unidad preliminar: Complete all exercises in the "Functional Spreads" section.
9/24 Unidad Preliminar (Repaso)
Unidad 1, Lección 1A (10-13)
  • Usar los números
  • Hablar de lugares de origen (Places of origin)
Estudiar: págs. 14-19.
Supersite Unidad preliminar: Complete all exercises in the "Gramática funcional" section.
9/25 Unidad 1, Lección 1A (14-19)
  • Protagonista: Benicio del Toro
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 20-21.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
9/26 Unidad 1, Lección 1B (20-21)
  • Las lenguas que hablamos y estudiamos
  • Hablar de más orígenes
  • Números de 10-100
Estudiar: págs. 22-23.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 1: Begin this assignment. Due in one week.
9/27 Unidad 1, Lección 1B (22-23)
  • Hablar de profesiones y trabajos
Composición 1: Preparación
  • Mis actividades favoritas (bosquejo)
Estudiar: págs. 24-25.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 2

THEME: Las ciudades en que vivimos

Objectives for Week Two:

Interpersonal:
Identify people's nationalities from around the world
Exchange with others basic information about ourselves
Locate and talk about different languages and regions in Spain
Locate and talk about places in Central America
Use numbers 100-1000

Interpretive:
Understand socioculturally appropriate greetings in different contexts in the Spanish-speaking world
Understand when others express their place of origin
Understand when others name their profession

Presentational:
Complete my outline for a one-page essay about myself, my personality and my activities
Draft a one-page essay about myself, my personality and interests


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
9/30 Unidad 1, Lección 1B (22-23)
  • Protagonista: Joan Fusté
Composición 1: Más preparación
  • Mis personalidad (bosquejo) con la ayuda del vocabulario de la pág. 45
Estudiar: págs. 26-31.
Portfolio 1: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
10/1 Unidad 1, Lección 1B
  • Tarea final y repaso breve (26-31)
Tarjeta de progreso (progress card)
Estudiar: Lección preliminar y Unidad 1 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 32-33.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
10/2 Diagnóstico 1: Lectura
  • Tema: Conocer a la gente (Meeting people)
Unidad 1, Avance (32-33)
  • Lectura
Estudiar: pág. 34.
Completar: Portfolio 1
10/3 Entregar (submit): Portfolio 1
Unidad 1, Avance (34)
  • Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 36-37.
Portfolio 2: Begin this assignment. Due in one week.
10/4 Unidad 2, Lección 2A (35-37)
  • ¡Viva Guatemala!
Composición 1: Más preparación
  • Componer una introducción
Estudiar: págs. 38-40.
Composición 1: Primer borrador (first draft). Complete the first draft of your essay for Monday.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 3

THEME: : ¡Buen provecho!

Objectives for Week Three:

Interpersonal:
Say where I live and work
Ask and say where others and live
Talk about my hometown and big cities
Talk about foods I eat for different meals
Order food in a restaurant

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about cities
Understand simple meal orders
Distinguish certain regional differences regarding food names
Understand when others express their academic field or major

Presentational:
Revise my essay for content, organization, and academic style


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
10/7 Composición 1: Revisión entre colegas (Peer Revision)
Unidad 2, Lección 2A (38-40)
  • Cerca de casa: Mi barrio (my neighborhood)
  • Protagonista: Juan Tomás
Estudiar: págs. 41-45.
Portfolio 2: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
10/8 Unidad 2, Lección 2A (41-45)
  • México, D.F. y otras ciudades
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Lección 2A para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 46-47.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
10/9 Diagnóstico 2: Audición
  • Tema: La cuidad
Unidad 2, Lección 2B (46-47)
  • ¿Qué comemos y bebemos en un café?
Estudiar: págs. 48-51 y vocabulario suplementario "En el restaurante" en la tarjeta de progreso: http://spanlang.stanford.edu/first_year/spanlang1_progress_interpersonal.html
Completar: Portfolio 2
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
10/10 Entregar: Portfolio 2
Unidad 2, Lección 2B (48-51)
Estudiar: págs. 52-55.
Portfolio 3: For this activity, you'll need a native-speaking conversation partner. S/he may be foreign-born or a heritage speaker from a Spanish-speaking family in the U.S. For further details, see Course Syllabus
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
10/11 Unidad 2, Lección 2B (52-55)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 56-58
Composición 1: Segundo borrador (second draft).
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 4

THEME: Ritmo de vida

Objectives for Week Four:

Interpersonal:
Talk about my daily schedule
Compare my schedule to that of others
Talk about shopping and clothing items
Specify items I'd like to purchase

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about their daily schedules
Understand simple descriptions of clothing items

Presentational:
Edit my essay for frequent errors


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
10/14 Composición 1: Auto-edición (Self-editing)
Unidad 2, Avance (56-58)
  • Estrategias, Competencias y Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 59-61. Portfolio 3: Schedule an interview with your conversation partner if you haven't done so already. Due Thursday.
10/15 Unidad 3, Lección 3A (59-61)
  • Ritmo de vida
Estudiar: Lección 2B para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 62-63.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
10/16 Diagnóstico 3: Escritura
  • Tema: La comida
Unidad 3, Lección 3A (62-63)
  • La agenda semanal
Estudiar: págs. 64-69.
Completar: Portfolio 3
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
10/17 Entregar: Portfolio 3
Unidad 3, Lección 3A (64-69)
  • Protagonista: Pablo Linares
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 70-71.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
10/18 Unidad 3, Lección 3B (70-71)
  • El centro comercial
Estudiar: págs. 72-75.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Versión final (Final draft).

Week 5

THEME: En el centro comercial

Objectives for Week Five:

Interpersonal:
Talk about fashion and where clothing items are made
Give simple opinions about fashion
Talk about fair trade (el comercio justo)

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about clothing items
Understand a brief reading on fair trade products
Understand when others express their academic field or major

Presentational:
Complete a one-page essay about yourself, your personality and interests


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
10/21 Composición 1: Versión Final
Unidad 3, Lección 3B (72-75)
  • Prendas de moda
  • Protagonista: Olga Piedrahita
Estudiar: págs. 76-81.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
10/22 Unidad 3, Lección 3B (76-81)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Repaso para el examen parcial
Chequeo de la tarjeta de progreso
Estudiar: Unidades 1-3.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
10/23 Examen parcial (Midterm) Estudiar: págs. 82-84.
Traer: Tu ropa favorita para el desfile de modas (Fashion show)
10/24 Desfile de modas
Unidad 3, Avance (82-84)
  • Lectura y Flash cultura
Preparación: Portfolio 4
Estudiar: págs. 85-87.
Portfolio 4: Begin today. See the instructions here. Due in one week. Suggestion: Plan ahead! As you read for this assignment, be thinking about the topic of your final oral presentation at the end of the quarter.
10/25 Preparación: Tiempo en clase para organizarse y trabajar en el Portfolio 5
Unidad 4, Lección 4A (86-87)
  • Barrios con carácter
Estudiar: págs. 88-89.
Portfolio 5: Get together with your group as necessary over the weekend and next week.

Week 6

THEME: En el mercado al aire libre

Objectives for Week Six:

Interpersonal:
Talk about different neighborhoods with greater detail
Ask and answer a variety of questions about different neighborhoods
Talk about likes and dislikes using the verb gustar
Talk about about whose turn it is using the verb tocar
Barter in an open-air market

Interpretive:
Understand descriptions of homes and neighborhoods
Understand bartering exchanges

Presentational:
Brainstorm on a topic of interest to you that intersects with the Spanish-speaking world. Look for a reading or readings on that topic to help you begin to prepare for your final oral presentation at the end of the quarter


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
10/28 Unidad 4, Lección 4A (88-89)
  • Hacer las compras (Grocery shopping)
Lluvia de ideas: presentación final
Estudiar: págs. 90-97.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 4: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
10/29 Unidad 4, Lección 4A (90-97 )
  • Protagonista: Paco Suárez García
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el Portfolio 5
Estudiar: Lección 4A para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 98-101.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
10/30 Diagnóstico 4: Lectura
  • Tema: Las compras
Unidad 4, Lección 4B (98-101)
Con vistas al mar:
  • Apartamento de alquiler
  • Su casa, su estilo
Estudiar: págs. 102-107.
Completar: Portfolio 4
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
10/31 Entregar: Portfolio 4
Unidad 4, Lección 4B (102-107)
  • Protagonista: Carmen Abreu
  • Tarea Final y repaso breve
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el Portfolio 5
Portfolio 6: Begin this listening assignment and work on it daily. Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
11/1 Unidad 4, Avance (110)
  • Flash cultura
  • Mercado al aire libre
Estudiar: págs. 108-109, 111-113.
Presentación final: Preparar un bosquejo (outline) EN ESPAÑOL de tu presentación final
Portfolio 5: Get together with your group as necessary over the weekend and next week.

Week 7

THEME: Experiencias personales

Objectives for Week Seven:

Interpersonal:
Talk about memorable experiences, past and present
Identify months, days, and years
Talk about stages of life
Talk about my family

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about their experiences
Understand dates

Presentational:
Draft a one-page essay about a memorable trip or experience


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
11/4 Bosquejo (outline) EN ESPAÑOL de tu presentación final
Unidad 4, Avance (108-109)
  • Estrategias y Competencias
Unidad 5, Lección 5A (112-113)
  • Experiencias personales
Estudiar: págs. 114-115.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
11/5 Unidad 5, Lección 5A (114-115)
  • Diario de viaje
Composición 2: Preparación inicial
  • Lluvia de ideas y selección de tema
Estudiar: Unidad 4 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 116-117.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
11/6 Diagnóstico 5: Audición
  • Tema: En casa
Unidad 5, Lección 5A (116-117)
  • Protagonista: Salma Hayek
Estudiar: Lección 4A para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 118-123.
Completar: Portfolio 6.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
11/7 Entregar: Portfolio 6
Unidad 5, Lección 5A (118-123)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 2: Más preparación:
  • Componer una introducción y utilizar conectores (cf. pág. 122)
Estudiar: págs. 124-125.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
11/8 Unidad 5, Lección 5B (124-125)
  • Mi gente
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 5
Composición 2: Más preparación
  • Componer algo del desarrollo y la conclusión con conectores (cf. pág. 122)
Estudiar: págs. 126-127.
Composición 2: Primer borrador.
Portfolio 5: Get together with your group as necessary over the weekend and next week. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 8

THEME: En familia

Objectives for Week Eight:

Interpersonal:
Talk about people and places I know using the verb conocer
Talk about what I've done recently
Talk about leisure activities
Give advice using tener que and ¿Por qué no…?

Interpretive:
Understand when others express their familiarity with people and places
Understand when others talk about what they've done recently
Understand when others talk about leisure activities

Presentational:
Revise my essay for content, organization, and academic style
Incorporate transition words (p. 122) into my essay


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
11/11 Composición 2: Revisión entre colegas
Unidad 5, Lección 5B (126-127)
  • Mis amigos, mi otra familia
Estudiar: págs. 128-133.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
11/12 Unidad 5, Lección 5B (128-133)
  • Protagonistas: Juanita y Bernardo
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Unidad 5 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 134-136.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
11/13 Diagnóstico 6: Escritura
  • Tema: En familia
Unidad 5, Avance (134-136)
  • Lectura
  • Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 137-141.
Completar: Portfolio 5.
11/14 Entregar: Portfolio 5
Unidad 6, Lección 6A (138-141)
  • El arte de vivir
  • Un día perfecto: ¿Qué has hecho hoy?
Estudiar: págs. 142-149.
Portfolio 7 Compilación final. See details here. Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
11/15 Unidad 6, Lección 6A (142-149)
  • Protagonista: Domingo Buendía
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 150-151.
Composición 2: Segundo borrador.

Week 9

THEME: El ocio y el bienestar

Objectives for Week Nine:

Interpersonal:
Write an email correspondence
Make and discuss travel plans and reservations
Talk about how to get somewhere and by what means of transportation
Converse on the telephone

Interpretive:
Understand travel information
Understand when others discuss their travel plans

Presentational:
Edit my essay for frequent errors


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
11/18 Composición 2: Auto-edición
Unidad 6, Lección 6B (150-151)
  • Amor a distancia
Estudiar: págs. 152-153.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
11/19 Unidad 6, Lección 6B (152-153)
  • Reservas
Estudiar: págs. 154-159.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
11/20 Unidad 6, Lección 6B (154-159)
  • Protagonistas: Julia y Felipe
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 160-162.
Completar: Portfolio 7.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
11/21 Entregar: Portfolio 7, Compilación Final Unidad 6, Avance (160-162)
  • Estrategias, Competencias y Flash cultura
Preparar tu presentación oral.
11/22 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
VACACIONES DE ACCIÓN DE GRACIAS DEL 25 AL 29 DE NOVIEMBRE

Week 10: End-Quarter Period

THEME: Repaso y presentaciones orales

Objectives for Week 10:

I can...

Interpersonal:
Carry out all interpersonal objectives listed above

Interpretive:
List ideas in brief oral presentations
Briefly summarize short oral presentations
Carry out all interpretive objectives listed above (for this week and previous weeks)

Presentational:
Present a rehearsed oral report
Answer questions about prepared presentation topics
Ask questions of others following their presentations
Carry out all presentational objectives listed above (for this week and previous weeks)


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
12/2 Composición 2: Versión Final
Presentaciones y repaso
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
12/3 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
12/4 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
12/5 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
12/6 Presentaciones y repaso ¡¡¡Felices vacaciones!!!

FINAL EXAM: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 12:15-3:15PM