Español para el hispanohablante

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The purpose of this guide is to provide Texas teachers and administrators with guidelines for teaching Spanish to native speakers at the secondary level. It discusses some of the characteristics of native Spanish speaking students and the range of proficiencies and linguistic variations that they exhibit. It then covers objectives and suggests methods of instruction, classroom activities, and teaching strategies that are in keeping with the TEKS for LOTE Program Goals. The guide is based on the principle that the linguistic and cultural background of the heritage learner is a resource that should be recognized and developed to its full potential.

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  • Order print copies from The Texas Education Agency at (512) 463-9744.

Teacher Training

Training workshops are also available for teachers of Spanish to Spanish speakers. In addition to covering the material presented in the guide, participants engage in activities focused on adapting standards-based instruction to provide Spanish speaking students the opportunities to expand their existing oral proficiency as they develop a full range of cultural and linguistic skills. This workshop is designed both for teachers of special courses for Spanish for Spanish Speakers as well as those who have native speakers integrated into regular classes.

Texas schools or districts may make arrangements for training workshops by contacting the professional development coordinator at your Regional Education Service Center. You may also contact Michael G. Hydak, Ph.D., Director for Languages Other Than English at the Texas Education Agency at 512-936-2444, e-mail