Texas Tech University

Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language

Inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language (2014)

The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University cordially invites submissions for 20 minute presentations to its inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language to be held on February 21-22, 2014. We hope to receive submissions (in Spanish or English) from researchers, teachers, and students representing all viewpoints and subfields of study to share, discuss, and explore both theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of Spanish Heritage Bilingual Development.

We are proud to announce the participation of the following Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Marta Fairclough, University of Houston

Marta Fairclough (Ph. D. University of Houston, 2001) is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of the Heritage Language Education in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. She previously served as Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her research focuses on Heritage Language Education, Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics with an emphasis on U.S. Spanish. She has published Spanish and Heritage Language Education in the United States: Struggling with Hypotheticals (Iberoamericana, 2005) and a co-edited volume Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States: State of the Field (Georgetown UP, 2012), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in journals. Some of her recent publications appeared in Language Testing, Hispania, and Foreign Language Annals.

Dr. Kim Potowski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research includes three principal areas of inquiry related to Spanish in the United States: (1) Spanish in society, including intergenerational transmission vs. shift, language mixtures in commercially produced “Spanglish” greeting cards, and outcomes of dialect contact among Mexicans and Puerto ;Ricans in Chicago; (2) Connections between language and identity among immigrants and their descendants, such as within quinceañera celebrations, and (3) The role of language within educational contexts, including K-8 dual immersion schools, the teaching of heritage speakers, and the challenges faced by U.S.-raised Mexican youth upon integrating into Mexican schools.

She has published five books, including the edited volumes Language diversity in the USA and Bilingual youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies. She has also authored four Spanish textbooks: one for beginners, one for heritage speakers/advanced composition, one for teachers about working with heritage speakers, and one about Spanish in the United States.

Concurrent with the conference on Saturday, we will host a workshop that aims to explore best and most effective practices on teaching Spanish to heritage language learners. The main goal of this workshop is to provide the participants with the tools to foster and encourage social, linguistic and cultural diversity.



Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures