Heritage Speaker ~~ “a student who is raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken, who speaks or merely understands the heritage language and who is to some degree bilingual in English and the heritage language” (Valdés, 2001)

Heritage Speakers of Spanish

Academic Needs

      HSS need specialized instruction in the following areas:
  • Syntax and accents

  • Spelling rules
  • Complex vocabulary

  • Understanding of linguistic terms

  • HSS lack literacy skills

  • Understanding of formal grammar rules

  • Many HSS need specific professional-level skills

  • Verb structures and tenses

  • Varieties of Spanish (dialects)

  • History of Hispanic traditions (culture and civilization)

  • Hispanic literature