The Spanish Heritage track

The Spanish Heritage track is specially designed for students who have primarily learned their Spanish either at home or living within a Spanish-speaking community. 

Spanish Heritage Course at ASU

This track has been created to help bilingual students expand their Spanish skills and knowledge of their cultural heritage in a rich, confidence-building environment. 

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How are these courses different than the regular Spanish?

Heritage learners’ needs are different from traditional second language learners, whom have not been in constant contact with Spanish while growing up. We offer these separate courses as recognition of heritage learners’ unique abilities and needs within our classrooms, and as a way to expand our Spanish-speaking community at Arizona State University.  

How are these courses different than the regular Spanish as second language courses?

  • Classes focus on cultural heritage.

  • All levels of Spanish have a place in the program, from beginning to advanced.

  • Students share similar language and cultural experiences that are incorporated into the course materials.

Spanish Heritage learners will be able to:

Our mission is to promote Spanish language development and maintenance in the Southwestern United States. We believe that every heritage student has rich linguistic resources and a cultural appreciation that is welcome and nourished in the classroom context.

 In our program, SHL learners will be able to:

  • Expand their oral and written skills in the Spanish language
  • Build community with other heritage learners at ASU, and expand their Spanish-speaking professional network.
  • Learn more about Spanish-speaking cultural heritages in the United States and other countries
  • Broaden their personal histories by learning about the cultural experiences of U.S. Latinos
  • Develop a critical understanding of issues surrounding bilingualism in the U.S.
  • Become prepared to enroll in upper-division courses leading to a major or minor in Spanish

How to sign up?

To find out what course is most appropriate for you, please take the placement exam. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the SHL program director, Dr. Sara Beaudrie or Melissa Negron, SHL program coordinator
Signing up for Heritage classes. Courses in the program include: 

Spanish 203 Spanish 204

Spanish 315

Spanish 316
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These courses count towards your second language requirement, Spanish minor and Spanish major.

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