SPAN 541 A: Topics In Spanish Applied Linguistics

Meeting Time: 
T 2:30pm - 5:20pm
PAR 305
Joint Sections: 
LING 580 I, LING 580 J
Ana Fernández Dobao

Syllabus Description:

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 ( for more information.

Catalog Description: 
Selected topics in Applied Linguistics. Discusses current theoretical approaches to the study of Applied Linguistics problems, with a special focus on Spanish. Examines empirical research from these different approaches and their main contributions to the field. Introduces Applied Linguistics research methods.
Last updated: 
February 8, 2018 - 9:24pm