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Northwest Arkansas News
September 2, 2008
Jumping the Language Barrier
Beginning this semester, Decatur High School is offering one of the few "Spanish for Spanish speakers" classes in the area.

This fall, foreign-language teacher October Vanegas, who teaches both Spanish and French, has six native Spanish speakers in her new class. Some of them are fluent in reading Spanish, and others are not yet literate in Spanish or English.

On one recent day, members of the group paired off, with the more fluent students working with less fluent students, and practiced reading aloud. The focus was on clear pronunciations, Vanegas said.

Some of the students learned to read in Mexico, while others had little opportunity to attend school until they came to the United States, Vanegas said. She hopes students will learn the connection between letters and sounds, and as they discover how to read in Spanish, their English reading skills will improve as well.

About 21 percent of Decatur High School students speak another language at home.

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España y sus Accentos
This free online documentary, produced by Juan Carlos Gallego at California State University, Fullerton, discusses dialectal varieties of Spanish in Spain and speakers' attitudes toward accent. Length: 45 minutes. Learn more.

Resource Corner

Dissertation and Thesis Abstracts

  • This resource contains a comprehensive list of dissertation and thesis abstracts on the topic of Spanish heritage language education written from 2000 through April 2012.
  • There are a total of 45 abstracts examining Spanish heritage language education in a variety of regions and settings sorted by authorís last name.

This resource is a collaborative effort between the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Download the PDF.Adobe PDF Icon

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