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Learn to dream in Spanish, and work closely with the Spanish-speaking community in the Bay Area.

Spanish Immersion | From the Field to our Table: History and work of the migrant farm-worker community in Pescadero

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The objective of this course is to develop communicative, writing and listening skills in Spanish through interaction with the migrant farm-worker community in the Pescadero, California area through authentic readings, special guest presentations, films and documentaries. Through these interactions and expositions of authentic materials the student will learn how farm workers live, what their workday is like, and what aspects of their ancestral traditions and cultural heritage they put into practice when planting and harvesting the products that will later reach our tables. Students will create profiles of the farm workers so as to understand the entire process from food to table; at the conclusion of SoCo, the students will present a final project consisting of: a poster profiling the farmers, an informative video of the farming community of Pescadero and a series of journalistic photographs that will be part of a photo report for the newspaper "Peninsula 360 press" of the community of Redwood City, California.


First year of college Spanish (i.e., SPANLANG 2A or SPANLANG 3) or the equivalent.

COVID Caveats

If in-person SoCo is not possible, this course will be offered virtually. In a virtual format, experiential learning might include a virtual cooking lesson.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Citlalli Del Carpio


Citlalli Del Carpio

Citlalli Del Carpio has taught Spanish language at Stanford since 2005 and specializes in Mexican culture. Since 2016 she has designed and taught a Spanish Cardinal Course in which includes the understanding of Stereotypes in Latino Soap Operas, the Poetry in the Spanish Culture, and how Spanish speaking immigrants transfer their culture in the World. She has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, San José State University, and Arizona State University, where she earned an MA in Spanish language and culture. She was the Spanish editor at, and has published articles on Latino film and culture in La Opinión and other Spanish language newspapers in the U.S. Citlalli is an active member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and a board member of The Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC).

Maria Cristina Urruela


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María Cristina Urruela specializes in 19th-century Iberian Peninsular Literature and has taught at Harvard, Middlebury, Texas A&M International and Stanford since receiving her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her translations of short stories by Emilia Pardo Bazán and María Pilar Sinués de Marco have been published by the Modern Language Association