Heritage Spanish Café

Heritage Spanish Café

  • I am looking for curricula for preschool through middle school heritage Spanish classes. The school I’m starting with other parents is on the weekends. It seems most texts and curricula are geared towards high school or college level. Are there any curricula for younger learners in weekend schools? Thanks for any references.

  • Hello! I am new to this page !
    I am a teacher from Minnesota and will be teacher Spanish Heritage this year. My students are high schoolers 9th to 11th grade. All in one session. This is the first time the class is offered and there is no curriculum. I am looking for recommendations of a textbook that I can purchase and can help me as a…[Read more]

    • Good morning! I don’t recommend a commercial book. Instead, I suggest you explore the activities on this page: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/activities/. I have four instructional modules for intermediate HL classes, and some of my colleagues have other great activities too. Mine are under this description: “Spanish for H…[Read more]

    • As a source of inspiration or starting point I highly recommend Ana Roca’s Nuevos Mundos. There are 2 editions. Both are very valuable and have served for the inspiration for some of our units. If you want a book to center you as a teacher on philosophy and perspectives I recommend Kim Potowski’s Heritage language teaching: Research and practice…[Read more]

  • I am just hearing about Heritage Spanish. Is there a curriculum that can be purchased? Materials?

    • Margarita Casas from Linn-Benton College in Oregon wrote a curriculum and has published an economical text/workbook (under $17) that is on Amazon. Her materials can be found under Resources at the top of this screen and then Class Activities. Look for OER Casas.

    • I looked at the book in Amazon and it says primer semestre and it can be used in clases mixtas. Do you know if the book is aimed to Intermediate, novice or advance learners? My heritage students are in a mix class that is equivalent to intermediate mid or high. Thank you

    • Good morning! I recommend the activities on this page: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/activities/. I have four instructional modules for intermediate HL classes, and some of my colleagues have other interesting activities too. Mine are under this description: “Spanish for Heritage Language Learners This is a collection of…[Read more]

    • Good morning! I recommend the activities on this page: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/activities/. I have four instructional modules for intermediate HL classes, and some of my colleagues have other interesting activities too. Mine are under this title: “Spanish for Heritage Language Learners.” I hope it will help!

    • Good morning! I recommend the activities on this page: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/activities/. I have four instructional modules for intermediate HL classes, and some of my colleagues have other interesting activities too. Mine are under this title: “Spanish for Heritage Language Learners.” I hope it will help!

    • Hello! One of the wonderful things about teaching Heritage Speakers is that -in most cases- we have the opportunity to teach based on their needs and interests. The key element here is to differentiate your classes, and focus on certain skills/aspects you consider the most critical for them.
      about the materials, I invite you to take a look at…[Read more]

    • Thank you Gabriela C. Zapata and OscarJoya E.

  • Space is limited in COERLL’s summer workshop, and it’s filling up fast. If you’re interested, consider registering soon! https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/shl-workshop-2019/

  • Radioambulante!
    We are excited to share this new resource with all the community. Thank you Barbara Sawhill for sharing this amazing resource for every teacher looking for engaging, authentic Spanish Podcasts displaying a wide range of topics not only for Heritage Classes but for AP Spanish Language and Culture and other classes in Secondary and…[Read more]

  • The Department of Modern & Classical Languages at Allegheny College invites applicants for a Visiting Professor of Spanish Position. Ideal candidates will have a focus in Latinx culture and heritage language learning. More info here: https://sites.allegheny.edu/hr/job_post/visiting-assistant-professor-of-spanish/.

  • FYI the full schedule for the summer workshop at UT Austin is available now: http://bit.ly/SHL-schedule-2019.

  • Agree with all your comments, and would only emphasize the benefits of taking into account the language skills that Heritage Learners already have. A departmental placement test would be helpful if differentiated: Spanish as 2nd Language or L2, and Heritage, or HL (and an HL 1 and 2 courses would be ideal, as Delia pointed out). I attended a…[Read more]

  • Hello! I’m new to the site and hope that I’m posting the following question in the correct spot. I have been working as a teacher of heritage and native Spanish speakers in the Twin Cities for 20 years. I’m accustomed to teaching classes with a broad range of fluency in all aspects of the Spanish language, many times in the same classroom. So,…[Read more]

    • Hello Josephine,

      Thank you for sharing your question. Based on your post, it looks like the teacher wants to create a class for Heritage learners who she thinks are “low” compared to what she expects a Heritage Language class should be, right?
      If that’s the case, I agree with you in terms of accommodate based on their needs.
      However, if the…[Read more]

    • Hola, Josephine. Is it possible for your school to create a Spanish I and a Spanish II for heritage learners? That could be a solution.

    • Agree with everything Oscar said. I am a believer in using ACTFL’s proficiency levels to examine what heritage sts can do. A Novice-Low heritage learner would basically be a student with a Hispanic last name but has little to no exposure to the language. An L2 class is probably the best placement – because ultimately, it is going to truly be a…[Read more]

    • Thank you for all of your responses! I am thrilled to find a supportive and expert community and to have your guidance!

      We are definitely users of ACTFL standards and guidelines, so I agree that we could better assess students in order for them to qualify for heritage classes or non-heritage classes. If anyone is willing to share placement tests…[Read more]

    • Thank you Josephine for sharing your concerns with us. The idea is that we teachers are not alone and here you can find a way to get the help / advice you need.
      Thank you everybody for your wonderful ideas and comments; this is an excellent way to grow professionally and to make our role as Spanish teachers get the recognition it deserves. All…[Read more]

    • Josephine – You’ll have to articulate what types of heritage speakers you are reaching, and what level you will pitch the course at. If you decide to take my route (a course starting with HL learners who are pretty much Intermediate-Mid with proficiency, perhaps flexing for some Intermediate-Low’s), you would need a placement process that…[Read more]

  • Hola a todos,
    COERLL’s annual SHL workshop will be June 10-11 in Austin, the deadline for applying for a stipend to help pay for travel is April 15th. Learn more here: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/shl-workshop-2019/.

  • From the University of Illinois: New online workshop! Join Dr. Rossy Lima (Director of the Heritage Language Program at Texas Tech) on March 7 to learn about cultural bricolage, story circles, and multimodal texts. https://go.illinois.edu/hlworkshop.

  • Hola! An adult Spanish student asked me for tips or some way that would help him learn verb conjugation. Any ideas? I don’t teach that in my class since I teach little kids!

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    • Hi. I’d like to post something but it’s not letting me “post update” when I click on that. What do i need to do?

  • CLIC (University of Illinois) is hosting an online Q&A about the seal of bilteracy on February 4th https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1567835.

  • Buenos días a todos,
    THIS AFTERNOON (11/13), there is an online Q&A with Dr. Kim Potowski, brought to you by the Center for Lang Instruction & Coordination at U of Illinois. A great opportunity to talk to an expert! https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1167654

  • The deadline for submissions for the 6th annual SHL symposium is extended (http://bit.ly/2qAo4gA) to Nov 15. Also, there is still time for your students to submit to the Spanglish writing contest (http://bit.ly/2DwlyQU)!

  • I couldn’t comment either– maybe a comment approval setting. Thank you for the link, Elena, I just looked through the books there, and the author bios.

  • The website won’t let me comment on Elizabeth Lapman’s inquire, so I am adding it here.
    This website offers a lot of resources:
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  • Buenos Dias,
    Our 6th grade teachers (classroom) are building a curriculum integrating the Social Studies topic of Latin America into the work they do for Readers’ Workshop. One of the things we desperately need is a ton of non-fiction and fiction chapter books for students. Subtopics can include immigration, religion, indigenous people, e…[Read more]

  • Hola a todos- if you are in TX & attending TFLA this week, come see Meredith Clark & José Sologuren share heritage materials they’re making w/ COERLL’s support. More info here: http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/coerll/tfla2018-SHL.

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