The Spanish Heritage Language Program
What does the term “Spanish heritage language speaker” mean?
A Spanish heritage language speaker is an individual that has early exposure to the heritage language in the home, proficiency in the heritage language, bilingual to some degree, dominant in a language other than the heritage language (generally English), and ethnic/cultural connection to the Spanish heritage language (Zyzik 2012).
What are the goals of this program?
- to provide a supportive and effective learning environment that considers the bilingual/bicultural background of our students.
- to foster and encourage our students' development in the diverse variations of “Spanishes” used in the U.S.
- to meet our students' specific needs, those being:
- literacy development (reading and writing)
- use of “translanguaging,” the act performed by bilinguals of accessing different autonomous languages (e.g., Spanish in the U.S. and English) to maximize communication among our communities in Texas
- exploration of topics related to their own cultural backgrounds
- discovery of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom
How long has this program been at Texas Tech University?
Since the fall semester of 2014, this program has offered a series of courses specifically designed with the Spanish heritage language learners in mind.
With this initiative, our SHL program at CMLL joins a growing number of departments across the country that recognizes the importance of the heritage speaker population and celebrates the richness that this community brings to our campus and our community.
The TTU Spanish Program
AddressCMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409