Curricular documents, available for some of the more regularly taught languages at Stanford, are rooted in the work of Guadalupe Valdés, Elizabeth Bernhardt, Alice Miano, Lyris Wiedemann, Ana Sierra, and Claudia Angelelli. This group drafted the descriptions of target abilities for first- and second-year Spanish and Portuguese in 1997. The development of their work is documented in an article authored by Bernhardt, Valdés & Miano in 2009 entitled "A chronicle of Standards-based curricular reform in a research university" found in Virginia Scott (Ed.) Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education (pp. 54-85). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
Since the time of this initial work in Spanish, other language programs housed at the Stanford Language Center have used the Spanish language objectives as a model for their standard setting. Authors include: