Teaching Spanish as Heritage Language: Theory and Practice

(Co-sponsored with El Observatorio de la lengua española y las culturas hispánicas en los Estados Unidos from the Instituto Cervantes, Harvard Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Office of the Provost)  


This seminar looks to be an avenue for the study, development and implementation of the latest pedagogical and linguistic research on the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language. The seminar addresses five areas:

  1. Biliteracy Development and Academic Writing
  2. Assessment and Placement
  3. Curriculum Design
  4. Differentiated Teaching
  5. Spanish Heritage Learners and Community Service Learning

Experts in the field are invited every semester to lead the seminar and to give one lecture open to the public. 

Professor Guadalupe Valdés and seminar group
Professor Guadalupe Valdés and seminar group


The main goals of the seminar are

  • Consolidation of a community of researchers-practioners of Spanish as a heritage language in the Boston area
  • Development and integration of new pedagogical practices in current courses for SHLs
  • Generation of new course initiatives, research agendas and academic articles to contribute to this growing field