Heritage Spanish Café

Heritage Spanish Café

  • Here is a link with more information about the publication I am working on re: open materials, practices, pedagogies in the language classroom. Pls contact me if you have questions! https://blog.research-publishing.net/give-back-campaign-call-for-paper-bab3577492cb

  • Hello, I would love to hear from any of you who use Radio Ambulante (the NPR podcast) with your students. I am interested in collecting a repository or resources of materials for teachers. Please respond here if this is something you do!

    • Haven’t used it in the classroom yet, but I definitely plan to this coming year. This past year, I did indeed use an NPR podcast (in English). @group

  • Good morning, all! For those of you who teach heritage speakers of Spanish in any capacity (in mixed classes or classes for heritage speakers or other), would you mind helping out with some undergraduate research? One of my students will use the data from this questionnaire for the first part of her summer research project. Targeted participants…[Read more]

    • Hi Josh,
      We are glad you joined our heritage Spanish community. I hope many instructors will see your message and help you share your questionnaire. ¡Buena suerte!

  • @group Buenos días a todos. A few days ago, Chris Cashman posted an interesting question on our forum but he hasn’t received any responses. We realized that no one is getting notified when there is a new post, so please from now on, when you post to the forum, type @group before the message, and that will ensure that everyone gets notified. Below…[Read more]

    • Thanks so much, @jmeiners! I really would like to hear what others are doing. I think that we’re shortchanging our students by putting translated literature in front of them all the time, and yet it seems like these types of work are everyone’s favorites.

    • @group I use chapters from Caramelo by Cisneros (don’t think that is a translation from English). I have also seen syllabi that use Balun Canan by Rosaura Castellanos and Pedro Parramo by Rulfo. Unfortunately, several well-known authors admit that they are not comfortable enough to write in Spanish. Hope this helps.

  • I am planning to attend the summer workshop June 7 and 8, and I need to know the exact times and dates of the workshop. Please advise.

  • What are your favorite novels / short novels that you teach with your heritage students that are originally in Spanish (so not ‘Cajas De Carton’, ‘La Casa En La Calle Mango’, or ‘Cuando Era Puertorriqueña´)?

    • @group I have used chapters from Caramelo by Cisneros. She had someone else do the Spanish translation for her since she is not comfortable writing in Spanish. I have also seen teachers use Balun Canan by Rosaura Castellanos and Pedro Parramo by Rulfo.

  • @group Buenas noticias: If you’d like to come to Austin this June for our Heritage Spanish workshop, COERLL will be offering $300 – $500 grants for 10 people to help with their travel expenses. You can apply here: https://goo.gl/To8i6g. Applications will be accepted until April 9. Please spread the word. Feliz spring break!

  • @group It’s Open Education Week! I wanted to share this blog post I wrote for the UT Libraries Blog. Let me know what you think!
    Are any of your institutions doing anything special this week for Open Education week?

  • @group Hi everyone. We wanted announce our 4th Heritage Spanish Summer Workshop, which will take place this coming June 7-8 here at UT Austin. It’s going to be a great workshop with lots of helpful content for heritage Spanish instructors at all levels. We hope to see you here at UT Austin in June! Visit the event page for more information…[Read more]

    • Raz-kids.com has a Spanish section with activities and books kids can read independently. It creates reports for the teacher. Many, if not most, of the books are translated, unfortunately, but it’s better than nothing. Check it out. I use it with my 4th gr. native speakers sometimes.

  • Do you know of any Tier 2 resources in French, Spanish or Mandarin that could be used by accelerated learners such as heritage/native speakers when they’re doing independent work during their language class time? Ideally, this could be a computer/web based program that would somehow track the activities they’ve completed and their progress.

    In…[Read more]

  • @group Videos from our summer workshop are now available under events > events resources (https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/events/workshops/).

  • @group Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octure se celebra el National Hispanic Heritage Month. Por favor compartan sus ideas de cómo podemos celebrar este mes con nuestros estudiantes.
    Además, el 1 de octubre se celebra el National Spanglish Day. Una excelente manera de celebrarlo es animando a sus estudiantes a participar en el Spanglish Day C…[Read more]

  • @group Please read this message from Liz Evers, and help out if you can!
    “I teach Spanish to pk – 5th gr. I need a way to measure growth in my 3rd – 5th graders. Maybe something I could administer now, as a baseline, and then at the MOY and EOY. Any ideas? Please help!”

    • Hi,
      You need to choose a skill, if you want to measure speaking/ communication ) you can collect data base on a small conversation they have and collect it in the language lab. ( or make them recorded on their phones and then send it to you) . For this activity you gave them a situation or a presentational speaking where you gave them a picture (…[Read more]

    • Thank you, Maria.

  • Saludos a todos mis colegas tejanos. Thinking of you as I watch Harvey’s projected path. Please stay safe.

    • Gracias por tu mensaje, Aurora. En Austin por suerte no tuvimos problema, pero la situación en Houston y en otras partes del estado sí está terrible. Ahora nos toca ayudar de cualquier manera. Saludos.

  • I teach Spanish to pk – 5th gr. I need a way to measure growth in my 3rd – 5th graders. Maybe something I could administer now, as a baseline, and then at the MOY and EOY. Any ideas? Please help!

  • @group The Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, organized by the National Heritage Language Resource Center, is happening at UCLA in February, call for papers deadline is September 30th. More info here: http://international.ucla.edu/nhlrc/events/conference/3rd/call.

  • An opportunity for collaboration for people teaching hispanic literature: https://forum.rebus.community/topic/135/project-summary-antología-abierta-de-literatura-hispánica.

  • @group If you have experience with high school proficiency based units for heritage learners, please read this message and reach out if you can help:
    My name is Doris Poole and I was wondering if someone in the COERLL group has developed high school proficiency based curriculum units for Spanish for Heritage speakers I and II . I have been…[Read more]

    • Wish I could help, but my high school students are erly college students, so we use the college curriculum and the textbook Nuevos Mundos. Our units are theme-based and include activities developing academic literacy, academic writing, speaking, and culture appreciation.

    • Hi Doris. I think I’ve seen you on ACTFL’s SIG for SHL.

      I have recently done OPI training, and I received a lot of useful input there for taking a proficiency-based approach towards heritage classes. Even though I just took the workshop 3 weeks ago, there are already some things that I’ve taken from it. I’m currently preparing a blog post…[Read more]

  • I found the Valley View placement test right her on this site (COERLL) under Spanish as a heritage language.

  • Has any one used the Valley View Schools placement test? I am teaching Spanish to Hispanic early-college high school kids this fall.

    • No. I am also looking for a free online placement test for Spanish for Heritage Speakers in high school.

    • First comment in this forum. Have heard about it for awhile, finally joined!

      I am in charge of World Lang placement at my high school. After trying many different multiple choice exam formats over the years, we have found that the best placement procedure for our heritage students is 1) 4 short writing prompts, 2) a short 2-3 min interview in…[Read more]

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