Texas Tech University
The Spanish Heritage Language Program at Texas Tech University is fairly new. It was first launched in the fall of 2014 with one single class and serving a total of 16 students. Since then, the program has continued to grow. We now offer 6 different classes at 3 different levels and serve over 100 students each semester. Our instructors undergo shadowing and specific training for a whole semester before they are assigned their own classes. Additionally, we organize a number of extracurricular activities, which help students make meaningful connections with other students and with members of the community at large.
The main purpose of our program is to provide students whose home/family language is Spanish with the context and opportunities to (i) to increase their overall communicative proficiency so as to use Spanish in accurate, effective, and informed ways within a variety of social and cultural contexts, as well as (ii) to promote language and cultural development, maintenance, and revitalization.