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Meeting Student Needs: Integrating Spanish Heritage Language Learners into the Second Language Classroom

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, so they must learn how to benefit from their classmates’ strengths and work on their weaknesses through peer interaction and teamwork.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article with responses from María M. Carreira (California State University, Long Beach) and Vanessa Marie Fernández (San José State University) / Lucía Osa-Melero (Duquesne University).

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