Second Year


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 Interpretive Presentational
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
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
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.


The second-year program includes three series of courses and one stand-alone course designed to suit the needs and interests of different students. Any SPANLANG 13 course (C or R) or SPANLANG 23B satisfies the two-year requirement for international relations majors.

The Cultural Emphasis series (SPANLANG 11C, 12C, and 13C) integrates the study of culture and language. For further information, contact María Cristina Urruela at

The International Relations series (SPANLANG 11R, 12R, and 13R) integrates the study of geopolitics, socioeconomics, and language. For further information, contact Ana Sierra at

The Community Engaged Learning series (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. Note that taking three Cardinal Courses (totalling 12 units or more) qualifies a student to apply for the Cardinal Service Transcript Notation. Each course also satisfies the Ways Engaging Diversity (ED) requirement. For further information, use the second year scroll bar above to navigate to the relevant course pages.

The Spanish for Home-background Speakers (SBHS) series (SPANLANG 21B, 22B, and 23B) is designed for students whose greatest exposure to Spanish has been in the home or community versus the classroom. The SHBS program is pedagogically and methodologically structured to develop the oral and written language skills of Spanish home-background speakers, building on the linguistic knowledge that home-background speakers already bring to the classroom to rapidly develop their skills in a supportive and positive environment. For further information, contact Ana Sierra at