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Welcome to Spanlang 2A! 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: La salud y memoria colectiva

Objectives for Week One:

Interpersonal:
Talk about family and life experiences (Review from Spanlang 1A)
Relate past events
Ask for and give opinions
Express agreement and disagreement
Talk about what you remember and memories of important events

Interpretive:
Understand key details recounted in memories of important events
Understand key details of others' opinions and expressions of agreement and disagreement

Presentational:
Research and discuss my ideas for the first composition about a phenomenon of interest to me in the Spanish-speaking world
Organize my ideas into an outline


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/6 Introducción al curso
Repaso de Spanlang 1A

Lección 9A (214-216)
  • Describir en el pasado
  • Comparar el pasado con el presente
Composición 1, Presentación del tema
«Portfolio»: Presentación del concepto y de la primera actividad, «Portfolio» 1A
Repasar: Lección 9A y 9B, páginas 214-226.
Estudiar: Course syllabus (overview, grading and attendance) at http://spanlang.stanford.edu.
Composición 1: Print and read the assignment. Prepare for this assignment and for «Portfolio» 1A by locating a native Spanish-speaking conversation partner and making an appointment to meet this weekend or early next week.
1/7 Repaso de Spanlang 2
Lección 9B (224-226)
  • Narrar en el pasado
  • Dar direcciones
Estudiar: págs. 238-243.
Supersite Unidad 10, Lección 10A: Complete all exercises in the Practice, "Functional Spreads" section.
1/8 Unidad 10, Lección 10A (238-243)
  • El tiempo y la salud
  • Salud, divino tesoro
  • Protagonista: Carlos Salazar
Tarjeta de progreso (progress card)
Estudiar: págs. 248-251.
Supersite Unidad 10, Lección 10A: Complete all exercises in the Practice, "Gramática funcional" section,"Protagonista" and "Vocabulario" sections.
1/9 Unidad 10, Lección 10B (248-251)
  • Imágenes de la memoria
  • Chile en la memoria
Estudiar: págs. 252-260.
Supersite Unidad 10, Lección 10B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Conversación con mi compañera o compañero de conversación. Due in one week.
1/10 Unidad 10, Lección 10B (252-260)
  • Protagonista: Jorge Edwards
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Composición 1, Primera fase: Preparación (Actividades A y B)
Estudiar: Lección 11A, págs. 262-265.
Supersite Unidad 10, Lección 10B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1A: Make an appointment to interview your conversation partner over the weekend or early next week.

Week 2

THEME: De viaje

Objectives for Week Two:

Interpersonal:
Give recommendations
Convey what others have said
Welcome someone and express my best wishes
Counter an opinion and talk about changes in one's life

Interpretive:
Understand recommendations
Understand reports of what others have said
Understand expressions of objection and satisfaction
Understand expressions of welcome and best wishes
Understand opinions and counter opinions
Understand others' talk of changes in their lives

Presentational:
Organize information and present it using connectives to relate opposing ideas (p. 324)
Draft a paragraph or more and a working title for the first composition
Compose the first draft of the composition


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/13 Unidad 11, Lección 11A (262-265)
  • De viaje: Cambiar de aires
  • Experiencias de viaje
Composición 1, Segunda fase: Más preparación (Actividad C)
Estudiar: págs. 266-271.
Supersite Unidad 11, Lección 11A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1A: Have you met with your conversation partner yet?
1/14 Unidad 11, Lección 11A (266-271)
  • Protagonista: José Carlos
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: pág. 272-275.
Supersite Unidad 11, Lección 11A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/15 Diagnóstico 1: Lectura
  • Tema: La salud
Unidad 11, Lección 11B (272-275)
  • Iniciativas: Pasión y profesión
  • Cartas al director
Estudiar: págs. 276-281.
Completar: «Portfolio» 1A.
Supersite Unidad 11, Lección 11B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/16 «Portfolio» 1A: Mi compa de conversación
Composición 1, Tercera fase:
  • Componer un bosquejo y crear un título (Actividad A)
Unidad 11, Lección 11B (276-281)
  • Protagonistas: Héctor y Gabriela
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 282-284.
Supersite Unidad 11, Lección 11B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
1/17 Unidad 11, Lección 11B (282-284)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 286-291.
Composición 1: Primer borrador (first draft).
Supersite Unidad 11, Lección 11B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 3

THEME: Relaciones y ambiciones

Objectives for Week Three:

Interpersonal:
Talk about desires and hopes
Make requests and express consequences
Express well wishes

Interpretive:
Understand expressions of desires and hopes
Understand requests and expressions of consequences
Understand when others express well wishes

Presentational:
Revise my composition


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/20 Día feriado: MARTIN LUTHER KING. No hay clase.  
1/21 Composición 1: Revisión entre colegas (Peer Revision)
Unidad 12, Lección 12A (286-291)
  • Vida en común
  • Relaciones personales
  • Protagonista: Ricardo Hernández
Estudiar: págs.296-305.
Supersite Unidad 12, Lección 12A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/22 Diagnóstico 2: Audición
  • Tema: De viaje
Unidad 12, Lección 12A (292-295)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 296-305.
Completar: «Portfolio» 1B.
Supersite Unidad 12, Lección 12A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/23 «Portfolio» 1B
Unidad 12, Lección 12B (296-301)
  • Sin límites: Voluntarios
  • Querer es poder
  • Protagonista: Marifé Cester
Unidad 12, Lección 12B (302-305)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 306-308.
Supersite Unidad 12, Lección 12B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 3A: Lectura. Want to get a leg up? Read the Portfolio assignment along with the assignment for Composition 2, and find a reading on a prominent U.S. Latina or Latino of interest to you. This reading can serve as a source not only for Composition 2, but also for your Final Presentation.
1/24 Unidad 12, Lección 12B (306-308)
  • Avance, Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 310-313.
Supersite Unidad 12, Lección 12B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Segundo borrador (second draft).

Week 4

THEME: El mundo tecnológico

Objectives for Week Four:

Interpersonal:
Talk about situations and causes in the past
Express possession
Offer consolation and encouragement
Talk about past situations and habitual actions
Express order and degree
Talk about actions prior to past actions
Express that something is unknown

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about past and prior experiences
Understand when others express possession
Understand when others express consolation and encouragement
Understand when others express order and degree
Understand when others express that something is unknown

Presentational:
Edit Composition 1 for errors based on what we've learned in class
Explore ideas and sources for Composition 2, an argumentative essay


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/27 Composición 1: Auto-edición (Self-editing)
Unidad 13, Lección 13A (310-313)
  • Aventuras cotidianas
  • Rincones escondidos
Estudiar: págs. 314-319.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/28 Unidad 13, Lección 13A (314-319)
  • Protagonistas: Nelson y Edgar
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 320-323.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/29 Diagnóstico 3: Escritura
  • Tema: Relaciones personales
Unidad 13, Lección 13B (320-323)
  • Mundo tecnológico: ¿Imprescindibles?
  • ¿Un buen equipo?
Estudiar: págs. 324-329.
Completar: «Portfolio» 2A.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/30 «Portfolio» 2A
Unidad 13, Lección 13B (324-329)
  • Protagonista: Cristina Rubio
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 330-332.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1B: Mi compa de conversación. Due in 3 weeks. But why wait?
1/31 Unidad 13, Lección 13B (330-332)
  • Avance
  • Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 334-339.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Versión final (Final draft).

Week 5

THEME: Un idioma común

Objectives for Week Five:

Interpersonal:
Express possible conditions
Situate past experiences and events
Talk about past actions in progress
Report what others have said
Refer to a topic using lo que
Express unfulfilled intentions

Interpretive:
Understand when others express possible conditions
Understand when others situate past experiences and talk about past actions in progress
Understand when others report on what someone else has said
Understand references using lo que
Understand when others express unfulfilled intentions

Presentational:
Prepare for Composition 2, organizing ideas and continuing research, using at least one print source in Spanish


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/3 Composición 1: Versión Final
Unidad 14, Lección 14A (334-339)
  • Un idioma común
  • Intercambios
Protagonista: Acacio Maye Ocomo
Estudiar: págs. 340-343.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/4 Unidad 14, Lección 14A (340-343)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Repaso para el examen parcial
Tarjeta de progreso
Estudiar: Unidades 10-13 para el Examen parcial.
2/5 Examen parcial Estudiar: págs. 346-349.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/6 Unidad 14, Lección 14B (346-349)
  • Cuéntame cómo pasó
  • Protagonistas: Macarena Berlín
Estudiar: págs. 350-356.
«Portfolio» 2B: Choose a reading that will serve as a source in Spanish for Composition 2 and likewise for your Final Presentation.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/7 Unidad 14, Lección 14B (350-356)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance, Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 358-363.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 6

THEME: Mucho sabor

Objectives for Week Six:

Interpersonal:
Express probability
Make suggestions
Talk about objectives
Express hope and necessity
Express emotions such as displeasure, annoyance, fear, concern and surprise
Place conditions on others

Interpretive:
Understand when others express probability
Understand when others make suggestions
Understand when others express hope and necessity
Understand when others express emotions
Understand when others place certain conditions on someone

Presentational:
Prepare and draft an argumentative essay (2-3 pages) on a controversial topic in the Spanish-speaking world


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/10 Unidad 15, Lección 15A (358-363)
  • De la Madre Tierra: ¿Qué comemos?
  • Mucho sabor
  • Protagonista: Evaristo Acebedo
Composición 2, Primera fase: Lluvia de ideas
Estudiar: págs. 364-369.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 2B: Have you begun this assignment yet? Remember to choose a reading that will serve as a source in Spanish for Composition 2 and likewise for your Final Presentation. Due Thursday.
2/11 Unidad 15, Lección 15A (364-369)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 2, Tercera etapa: Escribir una introducción
Estudiar: págs. 370-373.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/12 Diagnóstico 4: Lectura
  • Tema: El mundo tecnológico
Unidad 15, Lección 15B (370-373)
  • Rebeldes con causa
  • El proceso de independizarse
Estudiar: págs. 374-381.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3B.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/13 «Portfolio» 2B: Lectura
Composición 2, Segunda fase: Más preparación
Unidad 15, Lección 15B (374-381)
  • Protagonista: Marina Sánchez
  • Tarea Final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 382-384.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/14 Unidad 15, Lección 15B (382-384)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 386-391.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 7

THEME: El compromiso social

Objectives for Week Seven:

Interpersonal:
Give encouragement and advice
Refer to known people or objects
Talk about habits and customs using se
Draw comparisons
Talk about an imminent event

Interpretive:
Understand expressions of encouragement and advice
Understand references to known people or objects
Understand discussions of habits and customs
Understand comparisons
Understand talk about imminent events

Presentational:
Revise my composition with an eye toward using more sophisticated connectives when I write


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/17 Día feriado: Los Presidentes
No hay clase.
2/18 Unidad 16, Lección 16A (386-391)
  • Embajadores de la paz: Compromiso de todos
  • Debate social
  • Protagonista: Ingrid Betancourt
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 392-395.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/19 Diagnóstico 5: Audición
  • Tema: Mucho sabor
Unidad 16, Lección 16A (392-395)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 396-401.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3A.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/20 «Portfolio» 3A
Unidad 16, Lección 16B (396-401)
  • Típicos tópicos: Publicidad hasta en el café
  • Usos y costumbres
  • Protagonistas: Estela y Mario
Composición 2, Tercera fase: Más preparación
Estudiar: págs. 402-410.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/21 Unidad 16, Lección 16B (402-410)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 412-417.
Composición 2: Primer borrador.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Preparar un bosquejo (outline) EN ESPAÑOL de tu presentación final

Week 8

THEME: El futuro por delante

Objectives for Week Eight:

Interpersonal:
Talk about skills and abilities
Talk about people and things in greater detail
Express feelings such as admiration and sadness
Relate events to one another
Talk about future challenges

Interpretive:
Understand discussions of skills and abilities
Understand references to others that provide greater detail
Understand expressions of feelings
Understand expressions relating events to one another
Understand talk of future challenges

Presentational:
Edit my composition for errors based on what we've learned in class


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/24 Composición 2: Revisión entre colegas
Bosquejo (outline) EN ESPAÑOL de tu presentación final
Unidad 17, Lección 17A (412-417)
  • El futuro por delante
  • Ciencia con conciencia
  • Protagonista: Salvador Moncada
Estudiar: págs. 418-421.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/25 Unidad 17, Lección 17A (418-421)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 422-425.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/26 Diagnóstico 6: Escritura
  • Tema: Usos y costumbres
Unidad 17, Lección 17B (422-425)
  • Aficiones comunes
  • Buena comunicación
Estudiar: págs. 426-433.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3B.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/27 Unidad 17, Lección 17B (426-433)
  • Protagonistas: Amanda y Rubén
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
«Portfolio» 3B
Estudiar: págs. 434-436.
«Portfolio» 4: Due in one week.
«Portfolio» 5: Compilación final. Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/28 Unidad 17, Lección 17B (434-436)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 438-443.
Composición 2: Segundo borrador.
«Portfolio» 4: Complete this assignment this weekend.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 9

THEME: Nuevos retos

Objectives for Week Nine:

Interpersonal:
Evaluate ideas
Express possible conditions
Indicate repeated actions

Interpretive:
Understand evaluations or "spin" on ideas
Understand expressions of possible conditions
Understand indications of repeated actions

Presentational:
Prepare a rehearsed oral report on an important debate or phenomenon in the Spanish-speaking world


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
3/3 Composición 2: Auto-edición
Unidad 18, Lección 18A (438-443)
  • Nuevos retos: Al límite
  • Nuevos aires
  • Protagonista: Rafa Nadal
Estudiar: págs. 444-449.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
3/4 Unidad 18, Lección 18A (444-449)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 450-455.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
3/5 Unidad 18, Lección 18B (450-455)
  • Mejor imposible: Acontecimientos de la vida
  • Celebraciones a la carta
  • Protagonista: Marián Rico
Estudiar: págs. 456-461.
«Portfolio» 4: Due tomorrow.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 12B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
3/6 «Portfolio» 4
Unidad 18, Lección 18B (456-461)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 462-464.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
3/7 Unidad 18, Lección 18B (462-464)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Composición 2: Versión final.
«Portfolio» 5: Compilación final.
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 10: End-Quarter Period

THEME: Repaso y presentaciones orales

Objectives for Week 10:

Interpersonal:
Perform all language tasks from this and the previous quarters

Interpretive:
Understand when others perform the language tasks of this and the previous quarters

Presentational:
Present a rehearsed oral report on the accomplishment of a Latina or Latino in the U.S.


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
3/10 Composición 2: Versión Final
«Portfolio» 5: Compilación final
Presentaciones y repaso
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
3/11 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
3/12 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
3/13 Presentaciones y repaso Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
3/14 Presentaciones y repaso ¡¡¡Felices vacaciones!!!

FINAL EXAM: TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 12:15 - 3:15 PM