Heritage Spanish Café

Heritage Spanish Café

  • ¡Hola! Si es profesor/a de cursos universitarios y tiene 15 minutos, le invito a colaborar en mi trabajo final de máster en Formación de profesores de español como lengua extranjera, en el cual se pretende investigar sobre la lectura crítica en los cursos universitarios de español como lengua de herencia (ELH) desde la perspectiva de los profe…[Read more]

  • @group Buenas noticias – if you were interested in attending Kim Potowski’s guest lecture at UT Austin last week called “Language and Identity in a Dual Immersion School” but were not able to be there, you can now watch her excellent presentation online. To find it please visit the Research and Pedagogy section of our website:…[Read more]

  • @group Hola a todos. We periodically send emails out with updates about what’s going on with our heritage Spanish website and community. Are you on our mailing list? If not, please feel free to email us at info@coerll.utexas.edu and we will add you to the list. On our last email update, we mentioned that we are working on building a database of h…[Read more]

  • @group Hola a todos. The NHLRC is putting together an online heritage teaching certificate (!), and would like your feedback in this brief survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NY5ZK8J

    … and please see below in the chat for more updates from your colleagues 🙂

  • Greetings, colegas! Just an FYI, This year’s M/MLA Convention (Cincinnati, Nov. 9-11) will be holding a Special Session on Heritage Spanish pedagogy and language maintenance as acts of resistance. Come send an abstract and join us! CFP –> 4/15. http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/specialsessionscallforpapers/ or email nathaniel.maddux@uwc.edu

  • @group We’ll soon start planning this summer’s SHL workshop. What are all of you interested in learning & doing this year?

  • @¿Sabían que la UNESCO declaró que hoy 21 de febrero es el International Mother Language Day? You can read more about it here http://www.unesco.org/new/en/international-mother-language-day/. ¿Tienen algunas ideas de cómo podemos celebrar este día con nuestros estudiantes?
    Also, a colleague recently posted a question on our heritage café about…[Read more]

  • Hola a todos. I would like to create a Placement Exam for my class for second language and heritage speakers. Is there any free platform to do it? I would like to do a multiple choice test and one in which they have to write some answers that are graded automatically, any ideas? Thanks.

  • @group Hola a todos. I’m really looking forward to the Heritage Spanish Symposium this coming weekend in Irvine. If you’re going too and want to chat about our Heritage Spanish website and COERLL, I’d love to meet up. Avísenme si van a estar por ahí. ¡Nos vemos!

  • Hola! Here’s an opportunity to participate in heritage research… as part of a research study by CAL and the AELRC at Georgetown University, investigators are currently seeking those with experience working with heritage language learners to fill out a short survey. Participants have a chance to win a $25 gift card. See here for more details:…[Read more]

  • Hola a todos! I teach a heritage Spanish at a school where 35% of our students speak some sort of Spanish at home. My department and I want to develop a way to place students in the correct level of Spanish classes. We have used STAMP as a guide but it does not give us much information on the students writing abilities (which seem to be the…[Read more]

  • @group
    Hola a todos. Quiero compartir este artículo que encontré esta mañana. It’s an excerpt about “San Giving day” from Richard Blanco’s book “The Prince of Los Cocuyos”. This is a great (and humorous) depiction of Cuban immigrants embracing the Thanksgiving holiday. I shared it with my heritage Spanish students and they really enjoyed it. Aq…[Read more]

  • Hello Everyone! I would like to develop some materials online for students to practice. Does anybody know of a friendly user program to develop self-graded exercises (fill in the blank, multiple choice, etc) other than Quizlet or Blackboard? Thank you!

    • Hola Olivia. Here at UT we use Canvas, and for our second semester heritage class, Delia Montesinos has developed some great online quizzes using Canvas. We have found that it is a great way to quickly evaluate the students’ knowledge and helps them identify their weaknesses so that they can then better prepare for exams, etc. I have also used…[Read more]

    • Mil gracias Jocelly. I will try Blackboard, the platform at my College.

  • @group Hi everyone! I’d like to share this great opportunity to participate in a telecollaborative project for Heritage Spanish college classes. See the information below:
    The Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC) is developing an online community for college level Spanish instructors who are interested in connecting their heritage…[Read more]

  • @group If you’re coming to TFLA conference tomorrow please come see us at our booth and hear Yanina Hernandez’ and Mark Cisneros’ presentation at 4:15 on Friday in Guadalupe, “Generating Materials for the Heritage Spanish Classroom: Video-Based Activities for Online and Face-to-Face Instruction”.

    • Unfortunately, I was unable to participate. Will the presentation be posted somewhere? I would love to watch it. Thank you!

    • @Olivia we don’t have a video but I will try to post the slides from the presentation. I’ll keep you updated. Thanks for asking!

  • Saludos mis colegas!
    Gracias, Jocelly, por ponerme al tanto de estas valiosa iniciativa y gracias a los colegas por sumarse en esta hermosa tarea de trabajar con y para hablantes de herencia.
    De acuerdo con Liz y Delia, primero lo primero: ¿quiénes son?, ¿cuáles son los objetivos?, ¿cómo es el grupo de estudiantes en términos de intere…[Read more]

    • Sonia, mil gracias por tus comentarios. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo de que es muy importante explorar la riqueza lingüística y cultural de nuestros estudiantes. Si quieres compartir algunos de tus materiales aquí en esta página, por favor escríbeme. Gracias, y seguimos en contacto.

  • @group Hi everyone. I have recently been contacted by a couple of people who want to start a heritage Spanish program in their school, and they are looking for ideas for how to get it going. So I thought that this would be a great place to start a conversation about it and help them out. For example, I think that one of the first things they…[Read more]

    • Depende de cuál sea la edad de los estudiantes, con cuánto tiempo cuenten por semana y de cuál sea el objetivo de la clase. En mi caso, yo no cuento con mucho tiempo y trato de mezclar algunos de los TEKS de SLA con los TEKS para LOTE. Yo quiero que mis heeritage speakers muestren crecimiento en lectura y escritura, pero tambien necesitan la pa…[Read more]

    • Estoy de acuerdo con Jocelly y Liz. Es muy importante considerar la población de cada instituto y los requisitos del mismo. Para nuestro programa me comuniqué con instructores de los cursos que los estudiantes de herencia tendrían que tomar al terminar los cursos HL para saber que irían bien preparados para tener éxito. Luego entre unas comp…[Read more]

    • Gracias al grupo por sus ideas. Estoy en el área metropolitana de Chicago. En mi institución, aproximadamente 30% de los estudiantes son hispanos, de diferentes países y en su mayoría mexicanos. No tenemos materiales, ni tampoco se ha hecho investigación sobre las necesidades de estos estudiantes, hasta donde yo sé. Somos un colegio comun…[Read more]

  • @group It’s National Hispanic Heritage month! As part of the celebrations, I have encouraged my students to write an entry and participate in the Spanglish Day creative writing contest (http://4sshl2017.weebly.com/writing-contest.html). ¿Qué piensan hacer ustedes y sus estudiantes para celebrar este mes? Please share any ideas you may have!

    • I also asked my students to write something for the contest, but I need to remind them to get it to me asap. I feel their personal creative response will be very insightful and interesting.

  • This teacher is looking to compile a collection of essays about teaching heritage language, if anyone’s interested in contributing: https://mrpeto.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/personal-essays-about-teaching-heritage-learners/

  • Interested in collaborate with other WL teachers? Do you use Twitter? Well, check #langchat @langchat

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