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Edición Instituto Cervantes at FAS - Harvard University

Estudios del Observatorio/Observatorio Studies. 071-05/2021EN 

This study is the product of a collaboration between the Initiative for the Teaching of Spanish as a Heritage Language within Harvard’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) and the Instituto Cervantes’ Observatory at Harvard, in conjunction with a dedicated team of Spanish instructors at the secondary and university level. This project arose from an interest in offering a teacher-training opportunity to better serve Latinx students in Spanish-language classrooms at these levels. The project consisted of ten workshops, including six theoretical-practical sessions on topics relevant to teaching Spanish as a heritage language and four sessions on designing and developing materials for this same student population and for mixed classrooms. The coalescence of this interdisciplinary and interinstitutional teaching community, as well as the corpus of materials developed, demonstrate that the educational workshop strategy is an ideal pedagogical model for training instructors in the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language.

Keywords: Teacher training, heritage Spanish, workshops, Open Educational Resources

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