Challenges and Strategies to Create a Heritage Spanish Program
Presented by Karen López Alonzo & Alex McNair
About the presenters:
Dr. Karen López Alonzo is from Western Central Nicaragua. She is the assistant professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Baylor University. She teaches Spanish for Heritage Speakers as well Phonetics and Phonology. Her research focuses on Spanish in language contact situations in Nicaragua and in the United States. She works in dialectology, Spanish phonetics, and heritage Spanish teaching.
About this module:
This module is to explore the different challenges and strategies that are to be considered when creating a Heritage Spanish program at an institution. Presenters Dr. Karen López Alonzo and Dr. Alex McNair shared their experience and process of building the heritage program of Spanish at the University of Baylor.
This module is organized in the following lessons:
- Lesson 1: The Context and the Students of our SHL Program
- Shares the various factors that contribute to the growth and development of a SHL program
- Explores strategies in promoting an SHL program
- Lesson 2: Gaining Heritage Student Data
- Presents the use of data collection instruments such as a survey to gain data about students abilities and needs
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