Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Emerging Competent Abroad

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Fall, Spring
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Completion of IES Abroad’s Independent outcomes, determined by placement test.


This course is designed for native/heritage speakers. It focuses principally on the correction of possible errors in written expression. The goal of the course is to broaden vocabulary, grammatical precision, and spelling. Students should also develop reading strategies to be able to read authentic texts about Barcelona and Spanish Culture. Students will complete a final project about Barcelona, the city of the three novels of the course.

Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad can learn to do things with words, such as requesting, apologizing, or offering compliments, and they may also learn to interpret situations calling on such speech acts in ways that local people do…In short, and logically, study abroad has been shown to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).