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Outcomes of University Spanish Heritage Language Instruction in the United States

The first volume to explore the effectiveness of instructional methods for college-level Spanish heritage learners

In the United States, heritage language speakers represent approximately 22 percent of the population and 29 percent of the school-age population. Until now, though, few studies have examined the outcomes of classroom teaching of heritage languages.

Outcomes of University Spanish Heritage Language Instruction in the United States sheds light on the effectiveness of specific instructional methods for college-level heritage learners. The first of its kind, this volume addresses how receiving heritage classroom instruction affects Spanish speakers on multiple levels, including linguistic, affective, attitudinal, social, and academic outcomes. Examining outcomes of instruction in the Spanish language — the most common heritage language in the United States — provides insights that can be applied to instruction in other heritage languages.

These thematically linked empirical studies and their pedagogical implications build a foundation for heritage language instruction and directions for future research. Scholars and educators alike will welcome this volume.

About the Authors

Melissa A. Bowles is a professor of Spanish and a Conrad Humanities Scholar (2018—23) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches linguistics, educational psychology, and second language acquisition and teacher education (SLATE). Bowles is a codirector of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA and the author of The Think-Aloud Controversy in Second Language Research.

Reviews

"It is not enough to develop practices that we think will be successful with heritage speakers; we need solid research, both quantitative and qualitative, that illuminates the actual outcomes of our classroom efforts. In this volume, Bowles gathers work from top scholars on the effects of instruction on university students' linguistic systems, affective concerns, and broader social justice issues including graduation rates, forming a state-of-the-art reference on issues of central importance to heritage language educators." — Kim Potowski, professor of Spanish, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, the University of Illinois at Chicago

"An excellent and timely overview of research on instructional effectiveness in the heritage language context. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the empirical studies in this volume present a wide range of pedagogical interventions that aim to increase linguistic accuracy, sociolinguistic awareness, and educational success among heritage learners while considering students' voices, attitudes, and perceptions. Both researchers and practitioners will appreciate the relevance and clarity of the studies in this volume." — Eve Zyzik, professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

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