Title

¡A escribir! Writing strategies for Heritage Students at the College Level

Presenter Information

Edward Pinto

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Spanish, Education, Writing

Abstract

I presented on heritage language education at the bi-state Washington Association for Language Teaching and Confederation in Oregon’s Language Teaching Fall Conference on October 10, 2014, in Vancouver, Washington. With the help of Professor Alejandro Lee in the World Languages Department, I presented my research on writing in the Spanish Heritage classroom in the session entitled “¡A escribir! Estrategias de redacción para estudiantes de lengua heredada a nivel universitario” to educators and administrators from Washington and Oregon. The poster will highlight the main points of why Heritage students struggle with writing. I recommend various best practices to help these students become better writers by focusing on the development of the students’ vocabulary, cultural competence, and grammar in addition to the language skills, which include reading, listening, and speaking. It is essential that students are given a variety of writing assignments that allow them to explore diverse methods of writing. Some of these writing assignments include poems, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative essays. Moreover, some of these topics include Spanglish and its controversial use, the origin of students’ names, and the stories of their parents.

Poster Number

38

Faculty Mentor(s)

Alejandro Lee

Department/Program

World Languages

Additional Mentoring Department

World Languages

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¡A escribir! Writing strategies for Heritage Students at the College Level

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

I presented on heritage language education at the bi-state Washington Association for Language Teaching and Confederation in Oregon’s Language Teaching Fall Conference on October 10, 2014, in Vancouver, Washington. With the help of Professor Alejandro Lee in the World Languages Department, I presented my research on writing in the Spanish Heritage classroom in the session entitled “¡A escribir! Estrategias de redacción para estudiantes de lengua heredada a nivel universitario” to educators and administrators from Washington and Oregon. The poster will highlight the main points of why Heritage students struggle with writing. I recommend various best practices to help these students become better writers by focusing on the development of the students’ vocabulary, cultural competence, and grammar in addition to the language skills, which include reading, listening, and speaking. It is essential that students are given a variety of writing assignments that allow them to explore diverse methods of writing. Some of these writing assignments include poems, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative essays. Moreover, some of these topics include Spanglish and its controversial use, the origin of students’ names, and the stories of their parents.