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Welcome to Spanlang 3! 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: ¡Buen viaje!

Objectives for Week One:

Interpersonal:
Make small talk about the weather (Review from Spanlang 2)
Talk about health (Review from Spanlang 2)
Talk about past experiences (Review from Spanlang 2)
Make travel arrangements and give recommendations

Interpretive:
Understand several details in weather reports
Understand news reports on health issues
Understand key details in discussions of past events
Understand information regarding travel arrangements

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 2
  • El tiempo y la salud
  • Elementos de la narración
Estudiar: Lecciones 8B-9A y 10A, páginas 200-223, 238-247.
Estudiar: Course syllabus (overview, grading and attendance) at http://spanlang.stanford.edu.
Composición 1: Print and read the assignment.
1/7 Repaso de Spanlang 2
  • El tiempo y la salud
  • Elementos de la narración
Composición 1: Presentación del tema
«Portfolio»: Presentación del concepto y de la primera actividad, «Portfolio» 1A.
Repasar: Lecciones 8B-9A y 10A, páginas 200-223, 238-247.
Estudiar: págs. 310-311.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13A: Complete all exercises in the Practice, "Functional Spreads" section.
1/8 Unidad 13, Lección 13A (310-311)
  • Aventuras cotidianas
Tarjeta de progreso (progress card)
Estudiar: págs. 312-313.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13A: Complete all exercises in the Practice, "Gramática funcional" section.
1/9 Unidad 13, Lección 13A (312-313)
  • Rincones escondidos
Composición 1: Preparación, primera fase
  • Lluvia de ideas
Estudiar: págs. 314-319.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13A: Complete all exercises in the Practice, "Protagonista" and "Vocabulario" sections.
«Portfolio» 1A: Lectura. Based on today's discussion, search for an article or two you could use as sources for Composición 1. Bring the articles to class tomorrow for discussion. Portfolio 1A is due in one week.
1/10 Unidad 13, Lección 13A (314-319)
  • Protagonistas: Nelson y Edgar
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 1, Primera fase: Más preparación y pre-escritura. Discussion of an article or articles to be used as sources for Composición 1 and analyzed for Portfolio 1A. Pre-writing: Outlining my main ideas.
Estudiar: págs.320-323.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Create an outline (bosquejo or esqueleto).
«Portfolio» 1A: Continue to work on this assignment based on today's discussion. Due Thursday.

Week 2

THEME: Intercambios mundiales

Objectives for Week Two:

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:
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 13, Lección 13B (320-323)
  • Mundo tecnológico: ¿Imprescindibles?
  • ¿Un buen equipo?
«Portfolio»: Presentación de la asignación para «Portfolio» 3A: Interacción con un(a) compañer@ de conversación nativ@
Estudiar: págs. 324-331.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1A: Complete this assignment for Thursday.
«Portfolio» 3A: Prepare for this assignment by locating a native Spanish-speaking conversation partner and making an appointment to meet this week or next.
1/14 Unidad 13, Lección 13B (324-331)
  • Protagonista: Cristina Rubio
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance
Estudiar: pág. 332.
Supersite Unidad 13, Lección 13B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1A: Complete this assignment for Thursday.
1/15 Diagnóstico 1: Lectura
  • Tema: La labor y la tecnología
Unidad 13, Lección 13B (332)
  • Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 334-335.
Completar: «Portfolio» 1A.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/16 «Portfolio» 1A: Lectura
Composición 1, Más preparación:
  • Componer una tesis
Unidad 14, Lección 14A
  • Un idioma común
Estudiar: págs. 336-339.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 2A: Audición. Work on this assignment daily. Due in one week.
1/17 Unidad 14, Lección 14A (336-339)
  • Intercambios
  • Protagonista: Acacio Maye Ocomo
Composición 1: Más preparación
  • Componer un párrafo (de introducción, desarrollo o conclusión) con un posible título
Estudiar: págs. 340-343.
Composición 1: Primer borrador (first draft).
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 3

THEME: Tiempos pasados

Objectives for Week Three:

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:
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. Portfolio» 3A: Interacción. Have you located a native conversation partner yet? Due next Thursday.
1/21 Composición 1: Revisión entre colegas colegas (Peer Revision)
Unidad 14, Lección 14A (340-343)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 344-345.
«Portfolio» 2A: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/22 Diagnóstico 2: Audición
  • Tema: El intercambio cultural
Unidad 14, Lección 14B: (344-345)
  • La mejor década
Estudiar: págs.346-349.
Completar: «Portfolio» 2A.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/23 «Portfolio» 2A: Audición
Unidad 14, Lección 14B (346-349)
  • Cuéntame cómo pasó
  • Protagonistas: Macarena Berlín
Estudiar: págs. 350-356.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises. «Portfolio» 3A: Interacción. Due in one week.
1/24 Unidad 14, Lección 14B (350-356)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance, Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 358-359.
Supersite Unidad 14, Lección 14B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Segundo borrador (second draft).

Week 4

THEME: Una dieta salubre

Objectives for Week Four:

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:
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 Unidad 15, Lección 15A (56-58)
  • De la Madre Tierra: ¿Qué comemos?
Composición 1: Auto-edición (Self-editing)
Estudiar: págs. 360-363.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1B: Complete this assignment for Thursday.
1/28 Unidad 15, Lección 15A (360-363)
  • Mucho sabor
  • Protagonista: Evaristo Acebedo
Estudiar: págs. 364-369.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
1/29 Diagnóstico 3: Escritura
  • Tema: Tiempos anteriores
Unidad 15, Lección 15A (364-369)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 370-371.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3A.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/30 «Portfolio» 3A: Interacción
Unidad 15, Lección 15B (370-371)
  • Rebeldes con causa
Composición 2: Preparación, primera etapa:
  • Presentación del tema y lluvia de ideas, Pre-escritura (Paso 1)
Estudiar: págs. 372-373.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 1B: Lectura. Based on today's discussion, search for an article or two you could use as sources for Composición 2. Bring the articles to class tomorrow for discussion. Portfolio» 1B is due in one week.
1/31 Unidad 15, Lección 15B (372-373)
  • El proceso de independizarse
Composición 2, Primera etapa:
  • pre-escritura (Pasos 2 y 3). Discussion of an article or articles to be used as sources for Composición 2 and analyzed for Portfolio 1B.
Estudiar: págs. 374-381.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
Composición 1: Versión final (Final draft).

Week 5

THEME: El debate

Objectives for Week Five:

Interpersonal:
Express and emphasize opinions
Show skepticism
Report information
Make requests and explain why

Interpretive:
Understand when others express and emphasize opinions
Understand when others show skepticism
Summarize key points and details conveyed in reports

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 15, Lección 15B (374-381)
  • Protagonista: Marina Sánchez
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 2, Primera etapa: pre-escritura (Paso 4a).
Estudiar: págs. 382-384.
Supersite Unidad 15, Lección 15B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/4 Unidad 15, Lección 15B (382-384)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Composición 2, Primera etapa: pre-escritura (Paso 4b).
Repaso para el examen parcial
Chequeo de la tarjeta de progreso
Estudiar: Unidades 13-15 para el Examen parcial.
2/5 Examen parcial Estudiar: págs. 386-387.
Completar: «Portfolio» 1A.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/6 «Portfolio» 1B: Lectura
Unidad 16, Lección 16A (386-387)
  • Embajadores de la paz: Compromiso de todos
Composición 2
  • Primera etapa: pre-escritura (Paso 5).
  • Explicación de la Segunda etapa: investigación (igual a «Portfolio» 1C)
Estudiar: págs. 388-391.
«Portfolio» 1C: : Lectura. Must be a print book or article in Spanish from a campus library. It will serve as a source for Composición 2.
2/7 Unidad 16, Lección 16A (388-391)
  • Debate social
  • Protagonista: Ingrid Betancourt
Estudiar: págs. 392-395.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 6

THEME: De costumbre

Objectives for Week Six:

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:
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 16, Lección 16A (392-395)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 2, Tercera etapa: Escribir una tesis
Estudiar: págs. 396-397.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
«Portfolio» 3B: Time to check in with your conversation partner if you haven't already. Due in one next Thursday.
2/11 Unidad 16, Lección 16B (396-397)
  • Típicos tópicos: Publicidad hasta en el café
Composición 2, Tercera etapa: Escribir una introducción
Estudiar: págs. 398-399.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/12 Diagnóstico 4: Lectura
  • Tema: Movimientos por la paz
Unidad 16, Lección 16B (398-399)
  • Usos y costumbres
Estudiar: págs. 400-407.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3B.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16B: Continue your favorite 5 exercises
2/13 «Portfolio» 1C: Lectura
Composición 2, Tercera etapa: Escribir un párrafo de desarrollo
Unidad 16, Lección 16B (400-407)
  • Protagonistas: Estela y Mario
  • Tarea Final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 408-410.
«Portfolio» 3B: Time to check in with your conversation partner if you haven't already. Due in one week.
2/14 Unidad 16, Lección 16B (408-410)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Composición 2, Tercera etapa: Escribir una conclusión
Estudiar: págs. 412-415.
Composición 2: Primer borrador.
Supersite Unidad 16, Lección 16B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 7

THEME: El futuro por delante

Objectives for Week Seven:

Interpersonal:
Make predictions
Express probability and certainty
Express continuity
Express emotions like delight and boredom
Express tastes, interests and preferences
Express dislike and reproach

Interpretive:
Understand predictions
Understand expressions of probability, certainty and continuity
Understand expressions of emotions such as delight and boredom, dislike and reproach
Understand expressions of tastes and preferences
Understand opinions and counter opinions
Understand others' talk of changes in their lives

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 Composición 2: Revisión entre colegas
Unidad 17, Lección 17A (412-415)
  • El futuro por delante
  • Ciencia con conciencia
Estudiar: págs. 416-417.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/19 Diagnóstico 5: Audición
  • Tema: Las costumbres
Unidad 17, Lección 17A (416-417)
  • Protagonista: Salvador Moncada
Estudiar: págs. 418-421.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3B.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/20 «Portfolio» 3B
Unidad 17, Lección 17A (418-421)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 422-425.
«Portfolio» 2B: Audición.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/21 Unidad 17, Lección 17B (422-425)
  • Aficiones comunes
  • Buena comunicación
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 426-433.
Composición 2: Segundo borrador.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises

Week 8

THEME: Nuevos retos

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: Auto-edición
Unidad 17, Lección 17B (426-433)
  • Protagonistas: Amanda y Rubén
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 434-436.
Supersite Unidad 17, Lección 17B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/25 Unidad 17, Lección 17B (434-436)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 438-439.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/26 Diagnóstico 6: Escritura
  • Tema: El baile
Unidad 18, Lección 18A (438-439)
  • Nuevos retos: Al límite
Estudiar: págs. 440-443.
Completar: «Portfolio» 2B.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/27 «Portfolio» 2B
Unidad 18, Lección 18A (440-443)
  • Nuevos aires
  • Protagonista: Rafa Nadal
Estudiar: págs. 444-451.
«Portfolio» 4: Due in one week.
«Portfolio» 5: Compilación final. Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/28 Unidad 18, Lección 18A (444-449)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Unidad 18, Lección 18B (450-451)
  • Mejor imposible: Acontecimientos de la vida
Estudiar: págs. 452-455.
Composición 2: Versión final.
«Portfolio» 4: Complete this assignment this weekend.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 12B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 9

THEME: ¡A celebrar!

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: Versión Final
3/4 Unidad 18, Lección 18B (452-455)
  • Celebraciones a la carta
  • Protagonista: Marián Rico
Estudiar: págs. 456-461.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
3/5 Unidad 18, Lección 18B (456-461)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 462-464.
«Portfolio» 4: Due tomorrow.
«Portfolio» 5: Compilación final. Due tomorrow.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
3/6 «Portfolio» 4 Preparar tu presentación oral.
Supersite Unidad 18, Lección 18B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
3/7 Unidad 18, Lección 18B (462-464)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.

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 an important debate or phenomenon in the Spanish-speaking world


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
3/10 «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