ABSTRACT: Despite the increase of Spanish heritage language (HL) courses in response to the linguistic needs of HL learners, these courses often combine this student population with advanced second language (L2) learners. This common scenario presents a challenge to many instructors who lack the training to negotiate intercultural and linguistic issues in the classroom so that all students can benefit. This essay presents key intercultural concerns (e.g., embarrassment and intimidation) and suggests strategies for instructors. Twenty-first-century students will work in collaborative contexts,...

ABSTRACT: El presente estudio muestra el estado del Spanglish en los Estados Unidos, a través de las diversas posturas—y de algunas reflexiones—de estudiosos sobre el tema. El cambio de códigos (code-switching) entre el inglés y el español—característica que diversos investigadores consideran típica del Spanglish—, representa el modelo de la identidad mestiza de muchos latinos en los Estados Unidos. Con este ensayo tratamos de reflexionar sobre algunos puntos para intentar profundizar y comprender este comportamiento lingüístico, cultural e identitario que caracteriza a muchas de las comunidad...

ABSTRACT: This essay, drawing from Design Thinking, challenges college faculty to reconsider the reading and teaching of literature in the undergraduate Spanish curriculum and initiates a visionary brainstorming process to be continued by readers in their own institutions. It suggests considering new research in cognitive literary studies, the impact of digital communications, and students’ personal reading experiences and future goals as individuals and departments imagine new places for literature in and across the curriculum and innovative ways to teach it.

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ABSTRACT: In times of crisis when literature and world languages are threatened by economic hardship, they should draw closer to African diaspora studies. The African diaspora is so vast, longstanding, and diverse that it must be studied using a comparative, multilingual, interdisciplinary, and international approach that includes study in French, Portuguese, and Spanish alongside an understanding of Latin America. Breaking with the academic marginalization of the past, I examine the word “ghetto” as it relates to Afro-Latin American literature, culture, and history, attempting to open this en...

ABSTRACT: Although millions of speakers of Spanish employ voseo, the twentieth century did not see a single article published in Hispania that suggested incorporating instruction on voseo into the language classroom. In contrast, the twenty-first century has already seen three articles published in Hispania that have suggested teaching voseo. At the same time, trends in study abroad and immigration are increasing links between the United States and three voseante nations. This essay investigates the field’s evolving treatment of voseo, with a special focus on Hispania’s first 100 years, and ar...

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