Spanish for Heritage Language Learners Program
This program is designed for students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment and who have some Spanish language competency as a result of having heard it in the home and community from parents and/or grandparents, extended family, friends and neighbors.
The SHLL program provides heritage learners with a well-structured curriculum to expand their proficiency in Spanish in three communicative areas: interpersonal, interpretative and presentational.
The instructors who facilitate learning in this program promote and support the identity and development of our Latina/o/x students while preparing them with literacy skills and knowledge for future studies in Spanish and to effectively function in professional bilingual environments.
The objectives of the SHLL program are:
To recover, maintain, and expand Spanish as a community language in the United States.
To validate our heritage speakers’ language use and, by extension their identity.
To expand students’ ranges to include styles and registers of Spanish appropriate for communicating in academic and professional settings.