Resources for teaching Spanish as a heritage language

Here are some resources for teaching Spanish as a heritage language.

University course

Spanish 440, "Theory and methods in teaching heritage speakers."  University of Illinos at Chicago, Fall 2014.  Tuesdays 5:00-7:45 pm.

 

Online resources

Teaching Heritage Languages: An Online Workshop.  Eight self-paced online tutorials designed for teachers of world and heritage languages.  http://startalk.nhlrc.ucla.edu/  Free access after signing up for a free account.

REACH: A website with several excellent modules relating to the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking countries, as well as Hispanic culture in the US.

SNS teachers networking site: http://teachingsns.ning.com.  This is a fantastic & free online community where you can interact with other SNS teachers. 

El Lexile Framework for Reading asesora el nivel de lectura de los alumnos, tanto en inglés como en español. 

A writing rubric, in Spanish, from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory:http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/pdfRubrics/spanishrubric.pdf

Spanish spellchecker workshop.  An MS Word document that helps students learn how to use a Spanish spellchecker.

Spanish language arts standards from WIDA: http://www.wida.us/standards/sla.aspx

Un folleto del Center for Applied Linguistics, titulado "Why start and maintain an SNS program?"  http://www.cal.org/resources/pubs/sns_brochure.pdf

Fundamentos de la enseñanza del español a los hispanohablantes en los EEUU.  K. Potowski, 2005.  Resume los puntos principales sobre la enseñanza del español a los alumnos de ascendencia hispana en los Estados Unidos. Presenta un breve panorama de los principales grupos hispanos en los EE.UU., detalles sobre los conocimientos lingüísticos y necesidades académicas de estos alumnos y principios y aproximaciones pedagógicas concretas.

A debate about the term "Spanglish": http://potowski.org/debate-spanglish 

 

Textbooks

For teachers

Potowski, K.  (2005).  Fundamentos de la enseñanza del español para hispanohablantes en los EE.UU.  Arco Libros. Potowski_Arco_scan.pdf

 

 

Beaudrie, S., Ducar, C. & Potowski, K.  (2014).  Heritage language teaching: Research and practice.  McGraw Hill. 

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For students

The Center for Applied Linguistics' annotated bibliography of high school and college SNS texts.  This was last updated in 2001, so a few newer texts are not included, such as Conozcámonos and Sí se puede

 

Table of Contents for college SNS textbooks:

 

 Conozcamonos.pdf Espanol_escrito.pdf LA LENGUA QUE HEREDAMOS TOC.pdf Manual de gramática y ortografía 
Potowski_Conv_escritas_preface.pdf   Nuevos_mundos.pdf palabra_abierta.pdf

si_se_puede.pdf

 

Table of Contents for high school SNS textbooks:

 

ASI SE DICE TOC.pdf Descubre_TOC.pdf ESPANOL PARA NOSOTROS 1 TOC.pdf REFLEXIONES_literaturaAP_TOC.pdf
Tesoro_literario_TOC.pdf      

 

"Hispanidades": 

Students use an online platform and other tools to create, share, and discuss information collected in Hispanic neighborhoods near them. Often includes profound reflections of the shared cultural, linguistic, sociopolitical and historical experiences between distinct regions of the United States.  

http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/hispanidades/collaborations/  

 

Curriculum for K-8 Spanish as a heritage language

Article published in Hispania about this curriculum: Hispania_2008_Potowski_etal.pdf

Click here for the actual "learning scenarios."

 

Kids' Spanish Saturday school in Chicago

http://www.latinoculturalacademy.com/

 

Conferences

Spanish in the U.S. http://spanishintheus.org/ (odd-numbered years).  2015: New York City.  2013: McAllen, TX.  2011: Davis, CA.  2009: Miami, FL).  Usually research oriented, but there are often practical sessions for teachers.

The National Heritage Language Resource Center has many resources in addition to a yearly week-long institute.  
Yearly summer institute:  http://www.nhlrc.ucla.edu/events/institute/2012/  The 2013 Institute was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago from June 17-21, 2013.  This event is a combination of research/theory and practical sessions.

Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO).  http://clas.ucdenver.edu/lasso/ 

Texas Tech University's  symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language.  http://www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern/spanishheritage/

Brochures

"Why start and maintain a heritage speaker program?" Produced by the Center for Applied Linguistics.  Concise, in English, useful for administrators.  CAL_sns_brochure.pdf

 

 

PowerPoints of Kim Potowski's presentations

(Some video recordings are available under the tab "Video") 

"U.S. Spanish: Myths and facts."  Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education, (ATDLE), Sacramento, CA, June 24, 2014.  Potowski_2014_Spanish_Myths_CA_two_way.ppt

"La enseñanza de español a los hablantes de herencia," Instituto Cervantes N.Y., 22 marzo 2014.  

http://newyork.cervantes.org/en/classes_spanish/manhattan/V_workshop_teachers.htm

"Teaching Spanish to heritage speakers: Pedagogical and administrative considerations."  Arizona State University, 3rd annual conference on Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics.  Potowski_ASU_2014_2.ppt 

"No child left monolingual: Best practices in teaching heritage speakers."  Chicago Public Schools, Saturday April 26, 2014 CPS_2014_Potowski_NCLM.ppt.pdf

"No child left monolingual."  Michigan Association of Bilingual Education, May 9, 2014.  CPS_2014_Potowski_NCLM.ppt.pdf