Apples and Oranges: Heritage Speakers in the Second language classroom

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Heritage Spanish speakers have linguistic, affective, and academic characteristics that require very different pedagogical approaches. Separate courses are the best way to address their needs appropriately, but when this is not possible, instructors must make adjustments in the regular Spanish classroom. Kim Potowski, a Professor of Spanish at University of Illinois at Chicago, has researched and published widely on the topic of teaching Spanish to heritage speakers (see In this talk she will cover ways to differentiate processes and products to best serve the linguistic and affective profiles of heritage speakers.

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