Heritage Language Programs - Spanish

Purdue University

Liberal Arts Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Address: 640 Oval Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906

Contact: Sonia González
Assistant Professor

Email: songonza@purdue.edu

Languages taught: Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Program Description

The goals of the program are :

Type of program : A heritage track within a foreign language program

The Spanish language program provides undergraduate and graduate level courses.

In the near future, we hope to have a sequential program for heritage speakers with two levels.

Program Origins :The program was founded in 2004 by Prof. González, who was specifically hired to establish the program and to train graduate students to teach Spanish to heritage learners.

Faculty's and administration's expectations for the program : To become a recognized and respected program and to prepare heritage students to use Spanish for personal and professional purposes.


First-generation immigrants 10%

Second-generation immigrants 90%

Countries of origin: Mexico, Colombia, and Puerto Rico

Total student enrollment: 15

Age of students: 17-21

Identification of Heritage Speakers :

Continuing students take upper-level courses with foreign language students.


Total number of faculty teaching in the program : 1

Number of tenure-track professors : 1

Languages in which faculty members are proficient : Spanish

Proficiency level : Native

Credentials : Doctorate in Chicano Literature and Teaching Spanish to heritage speakers


Student Grouping : The students are grouped according to level.

Face-to-face course title:

Language Skills



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