Heritage Spanish Café

Heritage Spanish Café

  • 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!

  • Buenas tardes,
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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.

  • Does anyone have resources for training (or better yet trainers) for English writing professionals (who are monolinguals) working with a lot of heritage speakers (mostly Spanish but also Polish and other Chicagoland languages)? Our Academic Enrichment Center folks need help getting up to speed on how to work with bilinguals (and L2) writers. Thank…[Read more]

    • Something I used with my Native Speakers, ESOL, and AP Language classes is transitional words. I also used concordance tools (corpora analysis tools) to determine how the students were using the language in writing exercises i.e. frequently using “like” or “because”. Show them hoe they could replace certain terms and add transition words to…[Read more]

  • The Library of Congress just released more recordings into their Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape collection – authors reading their work in Spanish https://blogs.loc.gov/international-collections/2018/10/archive-of-hispanic-literature-launches-new-online-recordings/.

  • Hi folks. Wouldn’t it be great to get a snapshot of what all of us as heritage language teachers are doing on a single day, across the country? I’ve got an idea here that involves minimal work on your part, but would benefit you (getting to see the work of others from a single day – snapshot style). Interested? See my post about it here!…[Read more]

  • There are a lot of SHL events taking place across the country in October… check out our calendar https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/list/events/.

  • For my Heritage Learners class at City College, CUNY, I’m using some microcuentos by Cortázar and Monterroso. They are too young to relate to the HL stories in their textbook, but I find that they can engage with shorter stories and we go from there to longer pieces. If anyone wants the Word docs, they’re 1 and 2 pages.

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