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SPA 01 B — Beginning Spanish I

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Vivian Brates
Limit: 27
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Vivian Brates
Please Note: No class on November 20
Please note: This course has a different instructor than what appears in the print catalogue.

¡Es hora de aprender español! Whether for business or pleasure, travel abroad, or a trip to the local market, millions of Americans have found Spanish so useful that it has become the nation’s most popularly studied second language. This course is designed to help build oral proficiency and comprehension, and to foster an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world and its language and cultures. By the end of the course, students will be able to converse on a basic level, to talk about themselves and their likes and dislikes, and to ask others about themselves. The course focuses on practical communication in a high-energy yet reassuring environment.

This is the first course in a three-course sequence. The textbook assigned for this course will also be used for Levels II (Winter 2018) and III (Spring 2018). Students may enroll in this introductory course without intending to take all three courses in the sequence.

Vivian Brates, Lecturer in Spanish, Stanford

Vivian Brates received an MA from Georgetown University in Latin American studies with a focus on economic development, as well as an MA from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American literature. A Spanish instructor at Stanford at all levels since 2005, she has volunteered for the International Red Cross, and more recently for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, as well as the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for their US citizenship exam. She is currently focused on teaching and developing Spanish classes with a community engaged learning component. Her work in community engaged learning has been awarded both by Stanford's Haas Center for Public Policy and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, through which she is certified as an oral and writing proficiency tester in Spanish.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Alonso, Alonso, & Zaslow, Invitaciones, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1-60007-950-4)