In the first-year program, students acquire essential Spanish through abundant opportunities to interact in the language in meaningful ways. In this fashion, students learn to function appropriately in the language in a variety of social and cultural contexts.
Program objectives revolve around three key axes:
Interacting with others
in order to, e.g.,
Using academic language
Important Note: The specific objectives of each course can be found on that course's individual page.
Accelerated/Intensive 2-Quarter Track versus
Year-long 3-Quarter Track
The accelerated, intensive track of first-year Spanish covers in two quarters (SPANLANG 1A and SPANLANG 2A) the same material that is normally covered in three quarters. As such, the accelerated track demands of its students a greater, more concentrated amount of time, effort, and dedication, as well as a good deal of previous experience. The accelerated track is thus open only to students with previous exposure to Spanish in the classroom or extensive exposure to another Romance language (for example, French, Italian, or Portuguese). Students who have studied Spanish before must place into the accelerated track via the on-line placement exam at http://language.stanford.edu. Students with exposure to another Romance language must demonstrate second-year proficiency (or above) in that language through the relevant placement exam or second-year coursework in that language at Stanford. For further information, contact Hae-Joon Won at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish for Medical Students (SPANLANG 121M, 122M, 123M) is a series in basic Spanish for health care professionals that focuses on such topics as the body, hospital procedures, and diagnoses. Two sections are offered each quarter, one geared toward beginners and the other toward intermediate students. Undergraduates may enroll if space is available. Contact Irene Corso at email@example.com for further information. (SPANLANG 121M, 122M, and 123M do not fulfill the language requirement for undergraduates.)