Professional development

FREE workshop for heritage Spanish teachers

Saturday February 1, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, University of Illinois at Chicago, Room Lecture Center C1 - see map below for location of Lecture Center C

Receives two (2) ISBE clock hour credits.


Language Ideologies in the Classroom 


We present a professional development unit that introduces sociolinguistic tools that are useful in identifying and analyzing linguistic variation in Spanish, as well as the judgements that accompany particular varieties. In particular, we utilize a lens that centers the linguistic funds of knowledge that heritage learners bring to the classroom. Through this lens, educators can recognize deficit attitudes that disparage home language varieties as “slang” or “incorrect,” and instead focus on opportunities to expand students' linguistic repertoires. 

Megan Marshall is a doctoral student in the department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UIC.  Her research focus is on child bilingual language development, dual language instruction, heritage language maintenance and critical language pedagogy.  She currently teaches in the Heritage Language Program at UIC.  Previous to her time at UIC she spent 9 years running a small business, Lango Chicago, that provided immersion language programs and curriculum for young children.  megan
Nancy Dominguez-Fret is a doctoral student at the College of Education at UIC. Nancy's research interests include heritage language maintenance, profesional development for heritage Spanish teachers and critical language pedagogy. Before attending UIC, she taught Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained a Master’s in Spanish Applied Linguistics. She also taught at Bolingbrook High School for three years where she helped restructure their Heritage Spanish program. nancy