1st Edition

The Peer-Effect: Non-Traditional Models of Instruction in Spanish as a Heritage Language

By Lina M. Reznicek-Parrado Copyright 2023
    200 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Peer Effect: Non-Traditional Models of Instruction in Spanish as a Heritage Language guides an important pedagogical conversation on the relevance of heritage language and literacy practices as resources for instruction, framing heritage teaching and learning as a social justice issue.

    Presenting ethnographic and discourse analyses of a heritage peer tutoring program at a university in California, this book focuses on the ways in which the dynamic translanguaging practices that Spanish heritage language (SHL) peer tutors mobilize in a non-classroom, student-led, collaborative academic space directly respond to the literacy demands of academic language development. Based on the in-depth analysis of peer tutors’ translingual practices, the book advances scholarship in SHL pedagogy, providing concrete classroom-based examples, techniques, and activities that nurture equitable pedagogies for heritage student belonging, while challenging the deficit discourse that has traditionally governed the dialogue around literacy instruction for multilingual students.

    This versatile volume is designed for educators, researchers, practitioners, and students in the fields of heritage language pedagogy, bilingual education, educational linguistics, and literacy studies for multilingual students.

    Foreword by Damián Wilson Vergara

    Introduction: Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language: A Social Justice Issue

    Chapter 1: Peer-to-peer Tutors in a California Heritage Language Program

    Chapter 2: Hybrid Literacy Practices in a Translingual Academic Space

    Chapter 3: Translanguaging for Academic Literacy Development and Community Building

    Chapter 4: The Peer as the Expert: Tutors Mobilizing Academic Personas

    Chapter 5: The Peer as Ally: Tutors Creating Community in an Academic Space

    Chapter 6: Students’ Hybrid Language Practices at the Core of SHL Pedagogy: How to Foster Equitable Pedagogies in SHL


    Lina M. Reznicek-Parrado is Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish and Founding Director of the Spanish Program for Heritage and Bilingual Speakers at the University of Denver, USA.