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Teaching Spanish Heritage Learners Online: Challenges and Possibilities

Friday, May 14th, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM EST

Panel organizer: Florencia Henshaw (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Florencia Henshaw, Director of Advanced Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. She has taught 19 different undergraduate and graduate courses, and she has designed eight online courses, including a section of Spanish Composition for Heritage Learners. Dr. Henshaw has published and presented on technology integration, heritage language instruction, and research-based pedagogical practices at national and international conferences, and she has been an invited speaker at prominent institutions, including Harvard and Yale. Dr. Henshaw is also an Editorial Board member of FLTMAG (an online magazine on technology integration in language teaching and learning), and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

Ariana Mikulski, Teaching Professor of Spanish,  Penn State University

Ariana Mikulski earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa and joined the faculty at Penn State in 2012. She specializes in heritage language acquisition of Spanish, focusing on college-level learners and preschoolers. Her current research interests include writing in the heritage Spanish classroom (examining both learner behaviors and instructor practices) and the linguistic, academic, and social development of Spanish-English bilingual Head Start students. Her publications have appeared in The Modern Language Journal, Applied Psycholinguistics, Heritage Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and Hispania. She regularly teaches online courses for heritage learners and also has taught special topics courses in applied linguistics and bilingualism and courses within the Intermediate Language Program.   

Adrienne Brandenburg, World Language Department Chair and Spanish Teacher, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO

Adrienne Brandenburg teaches high school Spanish and Spanish for heritage speakers in Colorado. She presents regularly at state and national conferences on topics related to heritage language teaching and literacy and serves as the Chair of the Spanish for Heritage Learners Special Interest Group at ACTFL. She is passionate about deepening connections among heritage teachers and preventing burnout for teachers in this unique area of world language teaching. Finally, she is committed to the lifelong work of recognizing and dismantling systems of oppression, in herself, in her classroom, and in her community.  

Chat monitor: María del Rocío Carranza Brito, The Graduate Center, CUNY