LING 580 I, J & SPAN 541 A
Heritage Language Learning and Teaching
In this graduate seminar we will examine current research on heritage language learners and heritage language instruction. In an attempt to better understand the linguistic and affective needs of heritage learners in our classrooms, we will address issues such as: Who is a heritage speaker? What are the unique characteristics of the language of heritage speakers? What are the differences between heritage and second language learners? What do heritage learners bring to the classroom?
The course is intended for graduate students interested in bilingualism and first/second language acquisition as well as those who are either teaching, or expect to be teaching, heritage language learners. Special attention will be devoted to the pedagogical implications of the research being discussed.
The language of instruction will be English. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.
2, 4 and 5 credits options are available. Please contact Prof. Ana Fernández Dobao (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.