The Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual Learners is an initiative by the Department of Languages & Literatures to meet the educational and linguistic needs of our changing student population. It is designed specifically for heritage or bilingual speakers of Spanish, or students who have a personal, familial or community connection to the Spanish language.
We offer two sequential introductory courses, SPAN 2200 and 2250, to help students prepare for culture and upper-level courses as well as to help you develop the literacy skills needed to use Spanish in formal/professional settings. We do this by:
- Promoting the development of literacy and written skills in the Spanish language for use in formal and professional settings;
- Promoting critical skills to continue developing the linguistic repertoires that students bring to the classroom, including the study of variation and code-mixing in Spanish/English;
- Building greater awareness of the value of US Latinx culture and language; and
- Creating a community of like-minded learners, providing support for students' educational trajectories.
The first Spanish for Heritage Speakers course was offered in the Winter of 2019, with a total student enrollment of 17. We work with Admissions, the Center for World Languages and Cultures and the Office of Teaching & Learning to adequately recruit, assess and place students into our program.
To learn more about the first course experience, take a look. . .