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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Spanish for Heritage Learners

 SPN 1034 and SPN 2034


Specifically designed for students who want to build on the Spanish skills they acquired at home

If you can say yes or sí  to most of these questions, these classes are for you:


  • Did you grow up speaking and listening to Spanish at home, or with friends?

  • Can you understand Spanish when someone speaks to you?

  • Can you read some Spanish?

  • Do you feel you have a grasp of the language but need to improve on your listening, writing, reading or speaking skills?

Why take these classes?


These classes will be extremely satisfying as you meet other “heritage speakers” like yourself, and work in a caring and supportive learning environment.  You won’t feel scared or intimidated because you don’t speak or write Spanish well enough anymore, everyone in the classroom is in the same learning situation.

What will you gain from these courses?


  • You will be able to connect with your community in a deeper level, and help Spanish speakers in your city or in your area

  • You will be more confident to communicate with your Spanish speaking family

  • You will have better opportunities and a great advantage when seeking a job

  • You will gain a better knowledge about your own culture, and other Spanish speaking communities in the United States


If you have any questions, please contact: Lilian L. Cano via email or at (210) 458-7714.

 Heritage speaker: “A student who is raised in a home where non-English language is spoken, who speaks or merely understands the heritage language and who is to some degree bilingual in English and the heritage language”     (Valdés, 2000)