Heritage Language Instruction at the College Level: Reality and Possibilities


  • David Schwarzer,

    1. University of Texas at Austin
    Search for more papers by this author
    • 3

      David Schwarzer (PhD, University of Arizona) is Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

  • Maria Petrón

    1. Texas A & M International University
    Search for more papers by this author
    • 4

      Maria Petrón (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas.


Abstract: This article describes the findings of an in-depth, qualitative study of three heritage language students of Spanish, which explored the students' perceptions of their heritage language classroom. It provides an alternative, practical view of the possibilities of a college-level heritage language class designed in accordance with students' input as it emerged from the research as well as a holistic set of pedagogical and philosophical principles. Conclusions of importance for researchers, curriculum developers, and teachers in the field of foreign language in general and heritage language in particular are provided.