Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SPA 219
Course Title:
Spanish for Heritage Speakers - 3rd Term
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Course Description

Continues to build upon existing Spanish linguistic and cultural knowledge and experiences of Spanish heritage speakers. Works on perfecting accuracy and appropriate register for professional situations. Improves oral communication and writing skills, with strong emphasis in vocabulary enrichment and spelling. Addresses linguistic and cultural variations within the Spanish-speaking world. Improves reading comprehension, reviews grammar terms, and practices translation. Recommended: For students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household or community, who can speak in Spanish, and want to develop their writing, reading and conversational skills. Completion of SPA 218, or instructor permission. Students with other extensive prior experience are encouraged to contact the instructor before enrolling in the course. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts towards Arts and Letters distribution requirements for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the General Education requirement for other Associates Degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Demonstrate greater accuracy and further control of register while speaking in Spanish.
2. Write Spanish in a more organized, appropriate and clear manner, applying established rules of spelling and accentuation.
3. Read and comprehend a variety of authentic texts in Spanish.
4. Appreciate and analyze issues of bilingualism and identity among heritage Spanish.
5. Appreciate and better understand the linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world.
6. Recognize and value the professional advantages of bilingualism and biculturalism.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Regular attendance
  2. Assigned readings
  3. Class discussions
  4. Research of specific themes individually and/or in groups
  5. Presentations given individually and/or in groups
  6. Short writings and essay writing
  7. Quizzes
  8. Optional: Community-Based Learning

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1.Active participation in small groups and class discussions

2.Individual and/or group presentations

3.Short writings and essay writing

4. Quizzes and homework

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the US

  2. Historical events and current issues related to Hispanic groups in the US

  3. Countries of the Spanish-speaking world

  4. Linguistic and cultural variations within the Spanish-speaking world

  5. Key figures in the Spanish-speaking world

  6. Literary authors and writings


  1. Grammar structures and terminology

  2. Formal and informal register

  3. Use of accents and other spelling rules and issues

  4. Punctuation

  5. Similarities and contrasts between Spanish and English

  6. False cognates, literal translation vs. accurate translation