A call for critical and open pedagogies in Spanish heritage language instruction: Students as knowledge producers of Open Educational Resources (OERs)





Spanish as a heritage language, Language ideologies, Critical pedagogy, Open Educational Resources (OERs)


This paper stresses the urgent need to implement critical and open pedagogies in language teaching, especially in the Spanish heritage language classroom. Language courses are often compulsory in secondary and higher education and typically employ traditional pedagogical models that are structured by grammar and/or communication tasks. This study introduces how heritage language teaching emerged as a field of study in the United States and offers a brief overview of critical and open pedagogies and their connection to open educational resources. This paper then introduces critical and open pedagogies to teaching Spanish as a heritage language, followed by a critical look at the existing Spanish teaching material. As an alternative to this material, this article shares a project titled “Discovering El Barrio” which addresses an innovative and productive pedagogical practice carried out by a Spanish heritage language class at Lehman College, CUNY. In this project, Spanish heritage language learners (HLL) became producers of authentic teaching and learning materials for second language (L2) Spanish learners.

Author Biography

Inés Vañó García, Saint Anselm College

Inés Vañó García (Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Saint Anselm College (NH). Her research focuses on the political history of the teaching of Spanish in the United States. Her work in Digital Humanities and Open Digital Pedagogy led her to participate in multiple interdisciplinary fellowships including the Andrew W. Mellon CUNY Humanities Alliance and New Storytelling: The Research Institute in Digital Ethnic Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE).  She serves on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP).


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How to Cite

Vañó García, I. (2023). A call for critical and open pedagogies in Spanish heritage language instruction: Students as knowledge producers of Open Educational Resources (OERs). EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 10(1), 21–38. https://doi.org/10.21283/2376905X.



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