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Spanish Heritage Language Workshop

From Conception to Implementation: Creating and Sustaining a Heritage Spanish Language Program

Thu, June 7, 2018 | The University of Texas at Austin

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

This workshop is full. Registration is closed.

During this two-day workshop, we will discuss the administrative and pedagogical aspects of developing a theoretically- and pedagogically-sound language program for heritage language learners. We will discuss preparing teachers of Spanish as a heritage language, including professional development and institutional support. Finally, we will learn how to create original, open source materials that promote positive cultural models and focus on the linguistic and academic needs of Spanish heritage language learners.

Participants will obtain hands-on experience with these topics and will leave with practical ideas that they can implement in their own institutions.

The workshop is a half day on Thursday (starting at 1:30pm) and a full day on Friday (ends at 4pm). There will be a welcome reception on Thursday night. 

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A nominal tiered fee is charged to offset the costs of the social event, materials, refreshments, and breakfast and lunch the second day:

  • All students (including graduate students): $5. Use discount code HSStudent on the payment page.
  • K-12 teachers: $10. Use discount code HSK12 on the payment page.
  • All others: $20.

CPE credits available.   

Please bring your own device (laptop or tablet) to be able to fully participate in the workshop.  


HL Program Development: Administrative and Pedagogical Aspects - Gabriela Zapata, Texas A&M University
The objective of this presentation is to examine the administrative and pedagogical aspects that can play a role in the development of a theoretically- and pedagogically-sound language program for heritage language learners. Different models will be discussed, and concrete action steps and recommendations will be provided. 

Spanish HL Learning and Teaching: Coming to Age - Flavia Belpoliti, Texas A&M University
This presentation will focus on changes in the preparation and professionalization of SHL teachers, seeking to understand both challenges and achievements in the profession. A second goal is to open the discussion to individual issues regarding professional development and institutional support among participants.

Creating OER for the Spanish Heritage Language Classroom - José Esteban Hernández y Yanina Hernández, The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley 
In this presentation we will demonstrate original, open source materials for language learning, more specifically material that can be used in the Spanish heritage classroom. In the creation of this open source material, we have sought to promote positive cultural models that emerge from the students’ local communities and to focus on the linguistic and academic needs of the heritage language learners (SHLs), while tending to their affective needs.

The Heritage Spanish Website and Community - Jocelly Meiners, The University of Texas at Austin
The objective of this presentation will be to make the participants aware of the HS website, show them all the resources and features of the website and encourage them to participate in the conversations and to collaborate and contribute to the HS community. 

While this workshop is full and registration is closed, you can register for other summer workshops here: here.

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Sponsored by: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), Texas Language Center

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