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Languages, Cultures and Literatures


Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Considerations

Event Start DateThursday, April 16, 2009
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, room 127
Event Start Time12:15 pm
CostCost: Free

The department of Languages and Literatures invites faculty to a talk and workshop on teaching Spanish to heritage speakers.

12:15 -1:15 p.m., Talk by Kimberly Potowski, Ph.D.

This talk explores some of the issues related to the teaching of Spanish to heritage speakers (bilingual students who learned Spanish in the home). We will discuss questions such as

  • What is the linguistic profile of heritage speakers?
  • How can we place them appropriately into courses designed for them?
  • What are the best pedagogical strategies for developing their Spanish? 

Kim Potowski, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Spanish at University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in the use of Spanish in the U.S. and how it is transmitted and learned, as well as how it affects the identity of U.S. Latinos. She has done extensive work in the topic, and has published two books and a wide variety of articles and book chapters.

1:15-2 p.m., Light lunch

2-4:15 p.m., Workshop on how to teach Spanish to heritage speakers

RSVP required by April 13. Please note- Separate registration is required for these events as follows:

  1. RSVP for talk and lunch to
  2. RSVP for workshop tp

This event is co-sponsored by PABID (The President's Advisory Board on Inclusion and Diversity), CEE and the Department of Languages and Literatures.

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