Department of Languages and Literatures

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2018

Click here for a brochure that contains information about Spanish for Heritage Speakers (in English; Word document).

Click here for a brochure that contains information about Spanish for Heritage Speakers (in Spanish; Word document).

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

If you grew up in a home where Spanish is spoken, should you still study Spanish? At UNI, the answer is yes! The Department of Languages & Literatures allows heritage speakers of Spanish to earn credit based on their previous language experiences that can be applied to UNI language requirements or toward a major or minor in Spanish. 

Heritage Language classes allow bilingual students of varying abilities to further develop oral and written skills in Spanish as part of a degree program or to further professional advancement in other fields. Students at UNI who are qualified may take Spanish for Heritage Speakers, a course specfiically designed to develop writing skills, advance knowledge of Spanish grammar, and build a sense of community with other Spanish speakers.  

Students who successfully pass Spanish for Heritage Speakers are eligible to automatically satisfy the foreign language exit requirement or earn up to 24 Spanish credits, including:
• 14 credits towards a Spanish minor or Spanish teaching minor
• 9 credits towards a Spanish major
• 10 credits towards a Spanish teaching major

Many heritage learners go on to take more advanced courses in literature, cultural studies, translation, and linguistics in Spanish. They also participate in study abroad programs and internships where they apply their Spanish language skills out in the world. These students know that developing academic and professional skills in Spanish will complement their professional advancement in almost any field.

For more information, contact:
Professor Juan Carlos Castillo
Department of Languages & Literatures
319.273.6200
juan.castillo@uni.edu

Useful resources for Spanish heritage speakers

Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages
National Heritage Language Resource Center
National Capital Language Resource Center