UTSA’s Spanish Heritage Education Program Highlights Linguistic Heritage of Spanish-Speaking Communities in the United States | UTSA Today | UTSA
1 min read

UTSA’s Spanish Heritage Education Program Highlights Linguistic Heritage of Spanish-Speaking Communities in the United States | UTSA Today | UTSA

The program consists of three core courses: Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners I, New Spanish for Heritage Learners I, and Spanish for Heritage Learners II. Students can take a placement test to find the course that best suits them.

“Changes to the course sequence for heritage courses will officially begin in the fall, as we begin to separate these courses from Spanish as a Second Language courses,” González said. “Heritage courses will offer a different curriculum than second language courses, and we have changed our approach to teaching the language.”

More advanced courses include Language and Culture in a Multilingual Context, which studies the Spanish language in contact with other languages ​​around the world; and Spanish in the United States, which offers an in-depth study of the Spanish spoken by Mexican Americans in the Southwest region of the United States, including cities such as San Antonio.

Sylvia Fernandez QuintanillaAssistant Professor of Digital and Public Humanities in the Department of Modern Languages ​​and Literatures, offers graduate courses at the intersection of border and Latinx studies and digital humanities for learners of Spanish origin.

Her courses immerse students in hands-on experiences with community-based projects where they learn to apply their language skills and digital literacy to create more equitable, just, and inclusive humanities data, records, and digital histories of border and Latinx communities in San Antonio, Texas, and the United States.