Heritage Language Programs - Spanish

Belleve School District, Washington

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Address: PO Box 90010, Bellevue, WA 98008-9010

Contact: Tami Wietfeldt
World Language Curriculum Developer

Blythe Young
World Language Curriculum Developer

Email: wietfeldtt@bsd405.org or youngb@bsd405.org

Telephone: 4254564196

Fax: 4254564176

Web address: bsd405.org


Languages/Dialects taught: Spanish

Program Description

Purposes and goals of the program : We want to enable heritage speakers of Spanish to become literate in Spanish and more literate in English. We hope that after the Heritage class they will take AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature as well as both the exams to better prepare them for post-secondary education.

Program Origins :The program is part of the foreign language curriculum. It was founded in 2005-2006 as a World Language course through the school district.

Parents' expectations for the program : Parents expect to be able to better connect with the school as a result of this course that honors their heritage.

Staff's expectations for the program : Enable students to be prepared and able to succeed in an AP level course. Make connections with the Hispanic community in meaningful ways. Help students become literate in Spanish and also improve literacy in English.


First-generation immigrants
Second-generation immigrants
Third-generation immigrants

Total student enrollment : Approximately 75 in 3 courses this year. The program will include a middle school course next year.


Number of staff in program : currently 2, will grow to 3 next year

Languages in which staff members are proficient : English and Spanish, superior level in Spanish, 2 of 3 are also superior in English.

Credentials : Teacher certification in Spanish from Washington State. BA in Education or Spanish

Professional development opportunities that teachers need : Networking and opportunities to visit with other teachers of Heritage classes, as this is a new program this year.


Hours per week students receive instruction: 5

Only 1 level currently offered.

Language Skills

Heritage Skills

Culture taught


Textbooks : Abriendo Pasos Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.

Nuevas Vistas. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.

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