The Project Team

The Project Team

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    Jocelly Meiners
    Jocelly is the moderator for this Heritage Spanish website. Jocelly was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica and moved to Austin, TX to attend UT, where she obtained  her undergraduate education, as well as an MA in French linguistics and a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. She is currently a Lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UT, where she teaches courses for Spanish heritage learners. As a moderator for the Heritage Spanish website, Jocelly will be adding useful resources and information to the website. If you have any feedback or questions, or if you have any resources you would like to share with the Heritage Spanish community, please contact her and she will be happy to help you.
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    Yanina Hernandez
    Yanina Hernández is a lecturer in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She holds an M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and has taught beginning-level Spanish courses for more than 14 years, including face-to-face and online courses.  Her experience includes teaching at the University of New Mexico, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, Texas State Technical College, and University of Texas Pan American (now UTRGV). Currently, she is co-coordinator of the User-Generated Material for Heritage Spanish in the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning of the University of Texas at Austin.
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    Jose Esteban Hernandez
    José Esteban Hernández (University of New Mexico, Phd Hispanic Linguistics) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. His research interests include sociolinguistic variation, dialect and language contact, and Spanish as a heritage language learning. Most recently, he has focused on the construction of identity in contact situations. He has authored and co-authored in venues such as Journal of SociolinguisticsStudies in Hispanic and Lusophone LinguisticsBulletin of Hispanic StudiesRevista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Revista de Filología y Lingüística, and Southwest Journal of Linguistics. He has taught courses on the dynamics of language variation and change, and the sociolinguistics of U.S Latino communities. Currently, he is co-coordinator of the “User-Generated Material for Heritage Spanish Project” in the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) of the University of Texas at Austin.
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    Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL
    The Heritage Spanish website and community is supported by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). COERLL is lead by its director Carl Blyth, with specific support provided by its project manager Sarah Sweeney, its program coordinator and outreach manager Patricia Kyle, and its web developer Nathalie Steinfeld Childre.
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