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Heritage Speakers of Spanish and Study Abroad

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ISBN 9780367752095
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming 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

Section 1: Sociolinguistics  1. Sociolinguistic competence among heritage speakers of Spanish abroad: Key findings, critical gaps, and contributions to variationist theory  2. The long-term impact of a sojourn abroad on heritage language learners of Spanish: The case of vosotros versus ustedes  3. "Aquí el español es muy diferente": Mexican Americans’ linguistic accommodation in social interactions with Spanish peers  4. Individual differences in dialectal accommodation: Case studies of heritage speakers volunteering in coastal Ecuador  Section 2: Pragmatics  5. Researching Spanish heritage language pragmatics in study abroad  6. The pragmatic development of heritage speakers of Spanish studying abroad in Argentina  Section 3: Identity  7. Heritage speakers of Spanish and study abroad: Shifting identities in new contexts  8. The diverse experiences of heritage speakers at a Guatemalan language school: Linguistic agency in the contact zone  Section 4: Linguistic Development  9. Linguistic development of Spanish heritage learners in study abroad: Considerations, implications, and future directions  10. The impact of study abroad on Spanish heritage learners’ writing development  Section 5: Program Design  11. Spanish heritage language learners abroad: Inclusive pedagogies for critical sociocultural linguistic literacy  12. Enhancing readiness for the immersive experience: Spanish heritage language learners as conversation partners in predeparture sessions  13. An international service-learning experience for Spanish heritage speakers: The nursing home

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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