The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education. As the oldest and largest of the language-specific organizations, the AATSP encourages, supports, and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information. The 9,500 members of the AATSP are engaged in extensive collaboration with each other and with educators, professionals, and institutions in other countries. Through such collaboration, the AATSP contributes to a better and deeper understanding between the United States and the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations of the world.
Members of the AATSP receive a number of valuable benefits including:
- Participation in the annual conference that alternates between a city in the United States and a city in the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking world
- Scholarship opportunities for study abroad
- Professional development opportunities such as webinars and committees devoted to specific topics and areas of instruction
- Subscriptions to, and the opportunity to publish, in the highly regarded academic journal Hispania, as well as in The Portuguese Newsletter and Enlace
- Classroom resources and instructional materials
- Advocacy materials to promote the study of Spanish and Portuguese
- Membership in one of sixty chapters throughout the United States and abroad
The AATSP also sponsors numerous programs for students, such as the National Spanish Examinations and the National Portuguese Examinations. Each year, 3,500 teachers and 130,000 students participate in the online National Spanish Examinations. The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is a high school student honorary society located in 2,000 high schools nationwide, while the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad is a service organization for middle school students. In addition, the newly expanded Poster Contest is open to students studying Spanish and Portuguese at all levels nationwide.
To learn more about AATSP programs, research, and projects visit the AATSP website.