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February 11, 2016

Third Annual Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language (SSHL) at UO Feb 18-20

January 27, 2016

Costales presents bilingual children’s books at Canby Public Library

costales 01Through funding from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Canby Public Library is one of four Oregon Libraries to present an extensive program exploring Latino experiences in the United States. On Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm, bilingual children’s author and Senior Instructor of Spanish Amy Costales will tell stories, speak about the importance of Spanish heritage language and the creative writing process.

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October 16, 2014

Spanish Heritage Language students tell their own stories in film

Spanish 218: Latino Heritage I forms part of the Spanish Heritage Language Program, an initiative of the Department of Romance Languages designed specifically for Spanish heritage language learners (SHL), students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish. Spanish 218 is for SHL who want to build their communication skills in Spanish while deepening their knowledge of U.S. Latino communities and their origins.

The idea behind these short documentaries is to empower our heritage learners to define their cultural heritage in their own words. With this project students explore and share with their classmates the cultural and linguistic expertise that they – and their communities – bring to the University of Oregon. This is their conceptualization of herencia (heritage).


Click here for more information on the Spanish Heritage Language program.

February 18, 2014

The RLGSA presents 3rd Annual ‘Works In Progress’

The Romance Languages Graduate Student Association presents the 3rd Annual Works in Progress Symposium on Friday, March 7th.  The event will take place in Lilis Hall room 112 from 4:00-6:00pm.

Presenters include Claudia Holguin, Alicia Luque-Ferreras, Marc Schachter, Eva Serfozo, and Leonardo Garcia-Pabon.


December 11, 2012

New Spanish Heritage Language Program

The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon is proud to announce the launch of our new Spanish Heritage Language program (SHL).  This program is designed for students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household or community in a country where Spanish is not the dominant language, such as the United States. SHL offers a variety of classes to meet students’ needs as heritage learners. Students with Spanish-language heritage will explore topics related to their cultural background, and coursework is designed to help them recover and/or develop their heritage linguistic abilities.  We are thrilled to offer several SHL classes starting in Fall 2012 term.  For more information about the SHL program please email:

SHL Promotional Video.
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SHL courses at the U of O (2012-2013)- SPAN 218, 228, 308, 428, 438/538.

Claudia Holguín Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Coordinator of the Spanish Heritage Language Program