Heritage Language Program

The Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA is designed to meet the needs of Spanish heritage speakers.

A heritage speaker is an individual who has grown up in an environment in which Spanish is spoken.  The proficiency levels and experience with the Spanish language vary greatly among heritage speakers.  In our heritage language program, heritage speakers of all levels (beginning, intermediate or advanced) can take courses that have been created specifically to respond to their unique needs and build upon the skill set of the heritage learner at different stages of development.

Heritage learners can both meet their UCLA language requirements and continue to expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and further develop their communicative skills.

Goals and Objectives of Heritage Program

  • Further develop communicative abilities
  • Increase knowledge and use of grammatical structures and achieve communicative competence.
  • Develop an academic register
  • The home language and culture of the heritage speaker are reinforced and validated
  • There is a specific focus on the literary and cultural production of, as well as themes and topics pertinent to the US Latino population.
  • There is a specific focus on the language needs specific to the heritage speaker.
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HERITAGE LANGUAGE PROGRAM COURSES

Spanish 7A: Introductory Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed for students who come from Spanish-speaking family backgrounds and have some knowledge of Spanish. The purpose of this introductory course is to further develop students’ communicative abilities, both verbal and written, and to increase knowledge of grammatical structures and achieve communicative competence. Spanish 7a is designed as a parallel to Spanish 3 and meets the university’s foreign language requirement.

Spanish 7B: Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed for students who come from Spanish-speaking family backgrounds and have some knowledge of Spanish. The purpose of this intermediate course is to further develop students’ communicative abilities, both verbal and written, and to increase knowledge of grammatical structures and achieve communicative competence. Spanish 7b is designed as a parallel to Spanish 5 and can be taken to meet the university’s foreign language requirement.

Spanish 27: Composition for Spanish Speakers

This is course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation for heritage speakers. This course is designed for those heritage speakers of Spanish who have successfully completed Spanish 7B or the equivalent. Spanish 27 offers students the opportunity to further develop their communicative abilities, both verbal and written as well as to increase knowledge and ability to comprehend a variety of forms of cultural production in the Spanish language. There is a specific focus on the literary and cultural production of, as well as themes and topics pertinent to the U.S. Latino population.

HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH HERITAGE SPEAKERS COURSE TO ENROLL IN

Students can take a Spanish Placement Exam for Heritage Speakers to receive a recommendation for which course is appropriate for their skill level. The exam can be found by logging in to CCLE and searching for “Spanish Placement Exam for Heritage Speakers” or can be found by clicking here: Online Placement Exam

BENEFITS OF THE HERITAGE LANGUAGE PROGRAM

  • Students are able to fulfill the foreign language requirement with one class, Spanish 7a!
  • The specific needs for heritage speakers will be met with these tailored courses