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1st Edition

Heritage Speakers of Spanish and Study Abroad

ISBN 9780367256890
Published April 20, 2021 by Routledge
306 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Heritage Speakers of Spanish and Study Abroad is an edited volume that provides emerging research on heritage speakers of Spanish in immersion contexts in theoretical, empirical, and programmatic terms. 

This edited collection seeks to expand our understanding of heritage speakers of Spanish by incorporating research on their linguistic, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic development during and after a sojourn abroad, by discussing the complexities of their identity formation and negotiation during immersive stays, and by highlighting programmatic innovations that could be leveraged to better serve diverse learners in study abroad contexts.

This volume advances the fields of both heritage language education and research on immersion study in a variety of ways, and will be of interest to scholars of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and educational linguistics, especially those interested in study abroad programming and Spanish for heritage speakers.

Table of Contents


Rebecca Pozzi, California State University, Monterey Bay

Tracy Quan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Chelsea Escalante, University of Wyoming


Section I. Sociolinguistics

Chapter 1: Sociolinguistic competence among heritage speakers of Spanish abroad: Key findings, critical gaps, and contributions to variationist theory

Kimberly Geeslin, Indiana University

Aarnes Gudmestad, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Maria Hasler Barker, Sam Houston State University

Matthew Kanwit, University of Pittsburgh

Avizia Y. Long, San José State University

Megan Solon, University at Albany, SUNY


Chapter 2: The long-term impact of a sojourn abroad on heritage language learners of Spanish: The case of vosotros versus ustedes

Angela George, University of Calgary

Francisco Salgado-Robles, CUNY College of Staten Island


Chapter 3: "Aquí el español es muy diferente": Mexican Americans’ linguistic accommodation in social interactions with Spanish peers

Meghann M. Peace, St. Mary’s University


Chapter 4: Individual differences in dialectal accommodation: Case studies of heritage speakers volunteering in coastal Ecuador

Chelsea Escalante, University of Wyoming


Section II. Pragmatics

Chapter 5: Researching Spanish heritage language pragmatics in study abroad

Rachel L. Shively, Illinois State University


Chapter 6: The pragmatic development of heritage speakers of Spanish studying abroad in Argentina

Rebecca Pozzi, California State University, Monterey Bay

Chelsea Escalante, University of Wyoming

Tracy Quan, University of Colorado, Boulder


Section III. Identity

Chapter 7: Heritage speakers of Spanish and study abroad: Shifting identities in new contexts

Jennifer Leeman, George Mason University

Meagan Driver, Michigan State University


Chapter 8: The diverse experiences of heritage speakers at a Guatemalan language school: Linguistic agency in the contact zone

Julia Menard-Warwick, University of California, Davis

Shannon Kehoe, University of Texas, Austin

Deborah Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder


Section IV. Linguistic Development

Chapter 9: Linguistic development of Spanish heritage learners in study abroad: Considerations, implications, and future directions

Chelsea Escalante, University of Wyoming

Carolina Viera, Boise State University

Melissa Patiño-Vega, Portland State University


Chapter 10: The impact of study abroad on Spanish heritage learners’ writing development

Laura Marqués-Pascual, University of California, Santa Barbara


Section V. Program Design

Chapter 11: Spanish heritage language learners abroad: Inclusive pedagogies for critical sociocultural linguistic literacy

Claudia Holguín Mendoza, University of California, Riverside

Analisa Taylor, University of Oregon


Chapter 12: Enhancing readiness for the immersive experience: Spanish heritage language learners as conversation partners in predeparture sessions

Silvia Marijuan, California Polytechnic State University


Chapter 13: An international service-learning experience for Spanish heritage speakers: The nursing home

Antonio F. Jiménez Jiménez, California State University Channel Islands


Afterword: Charting a path forward for Spanish heritage speakers in study abroad

Cristina Sanz, Georgetown University

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Rebecca Pozzi is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics at California State University, Monterey Bay, USA.

Tracy Quan is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

Chelsea Escalante is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Wyoming, USA.


"Heritage Spanish speakers are one of the fastest growing college demographics, yet just 7% of students who study abroad are Latino. This timely volume illustrates key themes within the growing linguistic, pre-professional, and identity-based aspects of what happens when heritage Spanish speakers study abroad. These understandings can help the profession develop study abroad programs best suited for heritage speakers’ needs, and ideally increase their participation in these life-changing experiences."

Kim Potowski, University of Illinois at Chicago