Using Community Resources in Teaching Spanish On the Border


  • Ricardo D. Aguilar,

  • Adelfo Aldana

  • Adelfo Aldana (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas; Ricardo D. Aguilar (Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) is Director of the Chicano Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.


ABSTRACT The article points toward utilization of community resources which are readily available along the southwest border regions. It proposes that Spanish programs at universities along the U.S. border with Mexico develop systems by which Mexican cities may be turned into living language labs for such American institutions. Several possibilities are mentioned for implementing these programs both for teaching Spanish as a foreign language and for teaching Spanish to native speakers.