First Year > Spanlang 1A: Winter Calendar

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Welcome to Spanlang 1A! 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: ¡Bienvenidos!

Objectives for Week One:

Interpersonal:
Introduce yourself and greet others
Talk about people and where they're from
Spell
Ask simple questions about who or what is someone/something
Talk about professions and ask others where they work
Exchange with others basic information about ourselves
Identify people's nationalities from around the world
Locate and talk about different languages and regions in Spain
Locate and talk about places in Central America
Use numbers 1-100

Interpretive:
Understand simple and socioculturally appropriate greetings in different contexts in the Spanish-speaking world
Understand when others express their place of origin
Understand when others name their profession

Presentational:
Begin to compose an outline for a brief essay about myself and my activities


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/6 Introducción al curso
Unidad Preliminar (1-8)
  • Saludos y presentaciones (Greetings and introductions)
  • El alfabeto
Estudiar: páginas 1-19.
Estudiar: Course syllabus (overview, format, grading, attendance, and progress card) at http://spanlang.stanford.edu.
Supersite Unidad preliminar: Complete all exercises in the "Functional Spreads" section and the "Gramática funcional" section.
1/7 Unidad Preliminar (Repaso)
Unidad 1, Lección 1A (10-13)
  • Usar los números
  • Hablar de lugares de origen (Places of origin)
Unidad 1, Lección 1A (14-19)
  • Protagonista: Benicio del Toro
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 20-23.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/8 Unidad 1, Lección 1B (20-23)
  • Las lenguas que hablamos y estudiamos
  • Hablar de más orígenes
  • Números de 10-100
  • Hablar de profesiones y trabajos
Estudiar: págs. 24-31
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/9 Unidad 1, Lección 1B (24-25)
  • Protagonista: Joan Fusté
Unidad 1, Lección 1B (26-31)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 32-34.
Portfolio 1: Begin this assignment. Due in one week.
1/10 Unidad 1, Avance (32-34)
  • Lectura
  • Flash cultura
Tarjeta de progreso (progress card)
Composición 1, Preparación: Mis actividades favoritas (bosquejo)
Estudiar: págs. 35-40.
Supersite Unidad 1, Lección 1B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 2

THEME: Las ciudades en que vivimos y ¡buen provecho!

Objectives for Week Two:

Interpersonal:
Say where I live and work
Ask and say where others work and live
Talk about my hometown and big cities
Talk about foods I eat for different meals
Order food in a restaurant
Use numbers 100-1000

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about cities
Understand simple meal orders
Distinguish certain regional differences regarding food names
Understand when others express their academic field or major

Presentational:
Complete my outline for a one-page essay about myself, my personality and my activities
Draft a one-page essay about myself, my personality and interests


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/13 Unidad 2, Lección 2A (35-40)
  • ¡Viva Guatemala!
  • Cerca de casa: Mi barrio (my neighborhood)
  • Protagonista: Juan Tomás
Composición 1: Más preparación
Mis personalidad (bosquejo) con la ayuda del vocabulario de la pág. 45
Estudiar: págs. 41-45.
Portfolio 1: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2A: Start with your favorite 5 exercises.
1/14 Unidad 2, Lección 2A (41-45)
  • México, D.F. y otras ciudades
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Lección preliminar y Unidad 1 , para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 46-49.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/15 Diagnóstico 1: Lectura
  • Tema: Conocer a la gente (Meeting people)
Unidad 2, Lección 2B (46-49)
Estudiar: pág. 50-55.
Completar: «Portfolio» 1
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/16 Entregar (submit): «Portfolio» 1
Unidad 2, Lección 2B (50-55)
  • Protagonista: Rosa Iglesias
  • Tarea final y breve repaso
Estudiar: págs. 56-58.
Portfolio 2: Begin this assignment. Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 2, Lección 2B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/17 Unidad 2, Avance (56-58)
  • Estrategias, Competencias y Flash cultura
Composición 1: Más preparación
  • Componer una introducción
Estudiar: págs. 59-69.
Composición 1: Primer borrador (first draft). Complete the first draft of your essay for Monday.

Week 3

THEME: Ritmo de vida

Objectives for Week Three:

Interpersonal:
Talk about my daily schedule
Compare my schedule to that of others
Talk about shopping and clothing items
Specify items I'd like to purchase
Talk about fashion and where clothing items are made
Give simple opinions about fashion
Talk about fair trade (el comercio justo)

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about their daily schedules
Understand simple descriptions of clothing items
] Understand when others talk about clothing items
Understand a brief reading on fair trade products
Understand when others express their academic field or major

Presentational:
Revise my essay for content, organization, and academic style


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 colegas (Peer Revision)
Unidad 3, Lección 3A (59-69)
  • Ritmo de vida
  • La agenda semanal
  • Protagonista: Pablo Linares
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Lección 2 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 70-75.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 2: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
1/22 Diagnóstico 2: Audición
  • Tema: La cuidad
Unidad 3, Lección 3B (70-75)
  • El centro comercial
  • Prendas de moda
  • Protagonista: Olga Piedrahita
Estudiar: págs. 76-81.
Completar: «Portfolio» 2.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/23 Entregar: «Portfolio» 2
Unidad 3, Lección 3B (76-81)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 82-84.
Portfolio 3: Begin today. See the instructions at http://spanlang.stanford.edu/first_year/spanish1.html. Due in one week. Suggestion: Plan ahead! As you read for this assignment, be thinking about the topic of your final oral presentation at the end of the quarter.
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
Traer: Tu ropa favorita para el desfile de modas (Fashion show)
1/24 Desfile de modas
Unidad 3, Avance (82-84)
  • Lectura y Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 86-89.
Composición 1: Segundo borrador (second draft).
Supersite Unidad 3, Lección 3B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 4

THEME: En el centro commercial y el mercado al aire libre

Objectives for Week Four:

Interpersonal:
Talk about different neighborhoods with greater detail
Ask and answer a variety of questions about different neighborhoods
Talk about likes and dislikes using the verb gustar
Talk about about whose turn it is using the verb tocar
Barter in an open-air market

Interpretive:
Understand descriptions of homes and neighborhoods
Understand bartering exchanges

Presentational:
Edit my essay for frequent errors


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
1/27 Composición 1: Auto-edición (Self-editing)
Unidad 4, Lección 4A (86-89)
  • Barrios con carácter
  • Hacer las compras (Grocery shopping)
Estudiar: págs. 90-97.
Portfolio 3: Continue to work on this assignment. Due Thursday.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/28 Unidad 4, Lección 4A (90-97)
  • Protagonista: Paco Suárez García
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Lección 3 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 98-101.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
1/29 Diagnóstico 3: Escritura
  • Tema: La moda
Unidad 4, Lección 4B (98-101)
Con vistas al mar:
  • Apartamento de alquiler
  • Su casa, su estilo
Estudiar: págs. 102-107.
Completar: «Portfolio» 3.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
1/30 Entregar: «Portfolio» 3
Unidad 4, Lección 4B (102-107)
  • Protagonista: Carmen Abreu
  • Tarea Final y repaso breve
Estudiar: págs. 108-110.
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
1/31 Unidad 4, Avance (108-110)
  • Estrategias y Competencias
  • Flash cultura
Mercado al aire libre
Estudiar: págs. 112-117.
Composición 1: Versión final (Final draft).
Supersite Unidad 4, Lección 4B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 5

THEME: La familia y experiencias personales

Objectives for Week Five:

Interpersonal:
Talk about memorable experiences, past and present
Identify months, days, and years
Talk about stages of life
Talk about my family

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about their experiences
Understand dates

Presentational:
Complete a one-page essay about yourself, your personality and interests


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/3 Composición 1: Versión Final
Unidad 5, Lección 5A (112-117)
  • Experiencias personales
  • Diario de viaje
  • Protagonista: Salma Hayek
Estudiar: págs. 118-123.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/4 Unidad 5, Lección 5A (118-123)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Repaso para el examen parcial
Chequeo de la tarjeta de progreso
Estudiar: Unidades 1-5.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/5 Examen parcial (Midterm) Estudiar: págs. 124-133
2/6 Unidad 5, Lección 5B (124-127)
  • Mi gente
  • Mis amigos, mi otra familia
Unidad 5, Lección 5B (128-133)
  • Protagonistas: Juanita y Bernardo
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Preparación: «Portfolio» 4
Estudiar: págs. 134-136.
Portfolio 4: For this activity, you'll need a native-speaking conversation partner.
S/he may be foreign-born or a heritage speaker from a Spanish-speaking family in the U.S.
For further details, see http://spanlang.stanford.edu/first_year/spanish1.html
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/7 Unidad 5, Avance (134-136)
  • Lectura
  • Flash cultura
Estudiar: págs. 138-141.
Supersite Unidad 5, Lección 5B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 6

THEME: El ocio y el bienestar

Objectives for Week Six:

Interpersonal:
Talk about people and places I know using the verb conocer
Talk about what I've done recently
Talk about leisure activities
Give advice using tener que and ¿Por qué no…?
Write an email correspondence
Make and discuss travel plans and reservations
Talk about how to get somewhere and by what means of transportation
Converse on the telephone

Interpretive:
Understand when others express their familiarity with people and places
Understand when others talk about what they've done recently
Understand when others talk about leisure activities
Understand travel information
Understand when others discuss their travel plans

Presentational:
Brainstorm on a topic of interest to you that intersects with the Spanish-speaking world. Look for a reading or readings on that topic to help you begin to prepare for your final oral presentation at the end of the quarter.


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/10 Lluvia de ideas: presentación final Unidad 6, Lección 6A (138-141)
  • El arte de vivir
  • Un día perfecto: ¿Qué has hecho hoy?
Estudiar: págs. 142-149.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 4: Schedule an interview with your conversation partner if you haven't done so already. Due Thursday.
2/11 Unidad 6, Lección 6A (142-149)
  • Protagonista: Domingo Buendía
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Estudiar: Lección 5 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 150-153.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/12 Diagnóstico 4: Lectura
  • Tema: En familia
Unidad 6, Lección 6B (150-153)
  • Amor a distancia
  • Reservas
Estudiar: págs. 154-159.
Completar: «Portfolio» 4.
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/13 Entregar: «Portfolio» 4
Unidad 6, Lección 6B (154-159)
  • Protagonistas: Julia y Felipe
  • Tarea Final y repaso breve
Portfolio 5: Begin this listening assignment and work on it daily. Due in one week.
Estudiar: págs. 160-162
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/14 Unidad 6, Avance (160-162)
  • Estrategias, Competencias y Flash cultura
Composición 2: Preparación inicial
Lluvia de ideas y selección de tema
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 6
Estudiar: págs. 163-175
Supersite Unidad 6, Lección 6B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 7

THEME: Experiencias personales y laborales

Objectives for Week Seven:

Interpersonal:
Talk about work and professional life
Talk about daily habits and routines
Talk about what's taking place right now and about ongoing actions
Express personal interests and intentions
Talk about recent experiences and indicate duration
Compare lifestyles and talk about skills
Express possibility
Ask for and offer help
Set appointments with people

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about recent experiences
Understand discussions and readings about lifestyles and the workplace
Understand when others express possibilities
Understand when others request or offer help

Presentational:
Create a one-page résumé following a model (p. 187)
Create an outline and working title for the second composition
Compose the first draft of the composition


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
2/17 Día feriado: Los Presidentes
No hay clase.
2/18 Unidad 7, Lección 7A (163-175)
  • Hoy por hoy: El día a día
  • Intereses
  • Protagonista: Jorge Drexler
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Composición 2: Más preparación
Componer una introducción y utilizar conectores (cf. pág. 122)
Estudiar: Unidad 6 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 176-178.
Supersite Unidad 7, Lección 7A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/19 Unidad 7, Lección 7B (176-178)
  • Cambio de vida: Madre trabajadora
  • Un día negro
Diagnóstico 5: Audición
  • Tema: El ocio
Estudiar: págs. 179-187.
Supersite Unidad 7, Lección 7B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
Completar: «Portfolio» 5.
2/20 Entregar: «Portfolio» 5
Unidad 7, Lección 7B (179-187)
  • Protagonista: Guadalupe Rodríguez
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance
Estudiar: pág.188
Supersite Unidad 7, Lección 7B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 6: Get together with your group as necessary.
2/21 Unidad 7, Lección 7B (188)
  • Flash cultura
Composición 2: Más preparación
Componer algo del desarrollo y la conclusión con conectores (cf. pág. 122)
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 6
Estudiar: págs. 190-193.
Composición 2: Primer borrador.
Portfolio 6: Get together with your group as necessary over the weekend and next week.
Supersite Unidad 7, Lección 7B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Preparar un bosquejo (outline) EN ESPAÑOL de tu presentación final

Week 8

THEME: Emigrantes e inmigrantes

Objectives for Week Eight:

Interpersonal:
Talk about unidentified people or things
Talk about past experiences and indicate duration
Express intentions
Continue to compare lifestyles

Interpretive:
Understand when others talk about past experiences
Understand when others express intentions
Understand when others compare lifestyles

Presentational:
Revise my essay for content, organization, and academic style


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 8, Lección 8A (190-193)
  • Hecho a mano: Habilidades
  • Trucos para el hogar
Estudiar: págs. 194-199.
Supersite Unidad 8, Lección 8A: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
2/25 Unidad 8, Lección 8A (194-195)
  • Protagonista: Justo Gallego
Unidad 8, Lección 8A (196-199)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el «Portfolio» 6
Estudiar: Unidad 7 para el diagnóstico mañana.
Estudiar: págs. 200-201.
Supersite Unidad 8, Lección 8B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
2/26 Unidad 8, Lección 8B (200-201)
  • Horizontes: Emigrantes
Diagnóstico 6: Escritura
  • Tema: El trabajo
Estudiar: págs. 202-205.
Supersite Unidad 8, Lección 8B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
2/27 Unidad 8, Lección 8B (202-205)
  • Nuevas formas de vidas
  • Protagonistas: Fernanda y Alberto
Estudiar: págs. 206-212.
Supersite Unidad 8, Lección 8B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 6: Get together with your group as necessary.
2/28 Unidad 8, Lección 8B (206-212)
  • Tarea final y repaso breve
  • Avance, Flash cultura
Tiempo en clase para trabajar en el: «Portfolio» 6
Estudiar: págs. 213-219.
Composición 2: Segundo borrador.
Supersite Unidad 8, Lección 8B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
Portfolio 6: Get together with your group as necessary over the weekend. (Due Thursday.)

Week 9

THEME: Etapas de la vida

Objectives for Week Nine:

Interpersonal:
Describe habits and situations in the past
Compare the past and present
Refer to unidentified quantities
Talk about how long one has engaged in various activities
Identify people and places
Give directions
Narrate and tell anecdotes in the past

Interpretive:
Understand when others describe habits and situations in the past
Understand when others compare past and present
Understand when others give directions
Understand key details in narrations and anecdotes

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)
3/3 Composición 2: Auto-edición
Unidad 9, Lección 9A (213-219)
  • Etapas de la vida: ¡Qué tiempos!
  • Segunda juventud
  • Protagonista: Luis Soriano
Estudiar: págs. 220-223.
Supersite Unidad 9, Lección 9A: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
3/4 Unidad 9, Lección 9A (220-223)
  • Tarea final y breve repaso
Estudiar: págs. 224-227.
Supersite Unidad 9, Lección 9A: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.
3/5 Unidad 9, Lección 9B (224-225)
  • Historias de la calle: Caras del barrio
Unidad 9, Lección 9B (226-227)
  • Anécdotas
Estudiar: págs. 228-233.
Completar: «Portfolio» 6.
Supersite Unidad 9, Lección 9B: Start your favorite 5 exercises.
3/6 Entregar: «Portfolio» 6
Unidad 9, Lección 9B (228-233)
  • Protagonista: Lola, la del quiosco
  • Tarea final y breve repaso
Estudiar: págs. 234-236.
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Portfolio 7: Compilación final. For details see . Due in one week.
Supersite Unidad 9, Lección 9B: Continue with your favorite 5 exercises.
3/7 Unidad 9, Lección 9B (234-236)
  • Avance y Flash cultura
Presentaciones y repaso
Composición 2: Versión final.
Preparar tu presentación oral.
Estudiar para el examen final.
Supersite Unidad 9, Lección 9B: Complete your favorite 5 exercises.

Week 10: End-Quarter Period

THEME: Repaso y presentaciones orales

Objectives for Week 10:

I can...

Interpersonal:
Carry out all interpersonal objectives listed above

Interpretive:
List ideas in brief oral presentations
Briefly summarize short oral presentations
Carry out all interpretive objectives listed above (for this week and previous weeks)

Presentational:
Present a rehearsed oral report
Answer questions about prepared presentation topics
Ask questions of others following their presentations
Carry out all presentational objectives listed above (for this week and previous weeks)


Date Class Activities Preparation for the next class (at home/in lab)
3/10 Entregar: «Portfolio» 7, Compilación Final
Composición 2: Versión 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