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Workshop: New Perspectives and Techniques for Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language

Registration for this workshop is now closed

Heritage Spanish instructors of all levels (K-12, higher ed) are welcome to attend this series of mini-workshops led by faculty from Texas A&M, Texas A&M Commerce, Houston Baptist, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT Austin and Baylor.

  • Sociolinguistics approaches to SHL for grammar and vocabulary development – José Esteban Hernández (UTRGV) & Flavia Belpoliti (Texas A&M Commerce)
  • Orthography as a thermometer in the SHL classroom – Encarna Bermejo (Houston Baptist University)
  • Communicating ideas through language: a language arts and metalinguistic approach for teaching SHL – Delia Montesinos (UT Austin)
  • Challenges and strategies to create a Heritage Spanish program – Karen López Alonzo & Alex McNair (Baylor University)
  • De Viva Voz: Podcasting, storytelling, and identity in the Spanish heritage classroom – María Irene Moyna (Texas A&M)
  • The use of technology in the SHL Classroom: Some apps to create multimodal activities and projects – Yanina Hernández (UTRGV)
  • Undergraduate Student Panel – Moderator: Jocelly Meiners (UT Austin)
  • Graduate Student Poster Presentations

See the full schedule and workshop descriptions here

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Online lessons for Spanish Heritage by Teachers for Teachers

Session at the Texas Foreign Language Association Conference

In this session, Meredith Clark and José Sologuren will share resources created for Spanish Heritage students. In addition to exploring available materials, attendees will learn how teachers in Texas authored lessons and worked with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning to share their work with teachers across the state.

“No Child Left Monolingual” a Talk by Kim Potowski

The U.S. has always been a linguistically diverse nation, but the overall climate usually discourages and sometimes outright discriminates against the use of non-English languages. The grandchildren of immigrants often don’t speak their grandparents’ language anymore, which squanders the wonderful resource of hundreds of non-English languages spoken in communities across the U.S. In addition, we don’t do a great job teaching foreign languages to monolingual English speakers. This talk explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies that favor promoting multilingualism among our population.

Dr. Kim Potowoski’s research focuses on Spanish in the U.S. and connections between language and ethnic identity.