“Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers” by Kim Potowski

You are cordially invited to attend our third event sponsored by the Spanish Program of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at the College of Staten Island, “Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Consideration” by Professor Kim Potowski. The event takes place on Tuesday, Apr. 5 in the Library Theater (Building 1L, Room 103) from from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

This talk will cover important issues related to teaching Spanish to heritage speakers: What makes them different from foreign language learners? What placement procedures, instructional approaches, and materials are more appropriate when working with heritage speakers?

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is particularly interested in the role of language in bilingual immersion schools, the teaching of heritage speakers, and the challenges faced by U.S.-raised Mexican youth when incorporating into Mexican schools. Dr. Potowski’s publications include Fundamentos de la enseñanza del español a los hablantes nativos en los Estados Unidos (2005), Language and Identity in a Dual Immersion School (2007), Spanish in Contact: Educational, Linguistic, and Social Inquiries (2007), Bilingual Youth: Spanish in English-Speaking Societies (2010), Language Diversity in the United States (2010), and El español de los Estados Unidos (2015).

In the hope that this talk is also of interest to you personally, we thank you for disseminating notice of the event to your memberships, colleagues, and students. We very much look forward to seeing you at this productive and timely session.