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



Effective Instructional Methodologies
  • Demonstrate respect for other cultures and dialects
  • Curriculum should include topics that are culturally appealing to HS and can build on their existing knowledge
  • Writing activities should include journaling, self-editing, and translating
  • Projects should include class discussions
  • Generally speaking, HSS feel that computer technology could help them learn Spanish
  • Some researchers suggest that HSS curriculum should focus on expanding students' cultural knowledge about Hispanic heritage as a means to help their development of formal registers
Textbooks and materials  for HSS courses
  • Entre mundos, Alonso-Lyrintzis, Zaslow, & Villarreal, 1996, Prentice Hall
  • Nuevos Mundos, Roca, 1999, John Wiley & Sons
  • Español escrito, Valdés & Teschner, 1999, Prentice Hall
  • Nosotros y nuestro mundo, Schmitt & Woodford, 2000, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • Tu mundo, Samaniego, Alarcón, & Otheguy, 2002, McDougal Littell