Spanish Teachers Seminar

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Stanford World Language Project (SWLP) invite new and experienced teachers of Spanish for Heritage Learners to join this professional development course tailored to the pedagogical needs of the Heritage Spanish classroom.

Success in the Heritage Spanish Classroom
"Strand S" of the 2023-24 Seminars for World Language Teachers

Dates: October 14, December 2, 2023, and January 20, February 24, and March 16, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: On campus at Stanford University CERAS Building
Registration: Pre-registration is required!
Co-sponsored by the Stanford World Language Project (SWLP)

Acquire and share concepts and strategies for creating engaging and culturally responsive pedagogy. We establish learning outcomes that consider heritage learners’ foundational strengths and knowledge and incorporate current and historical topics on Latin America into the curriculum. Design course materials and practices that promote literacy development and align with the CA World Languages Standards and Framework. A unique feature of this strand is topical presentations from Stanford professors aligned with the Advanced Placement (AP) themes: Identity, Beauty & Esthetics, Climate Change, Science & Technology.

Stanford Continuing Studies Units Available

More information and registration here

*Teachers should check with schools and districts for funding specific to the heritage learner classroom, such as Title I (Improving Academic Achievement), Title II (Professional Development), Title III (English Learners), and LCFF/LCAP Common Core State Funds.

Stanford World Language Project

The Stanford World Language Project also offers the following courses for instructors of world languages:

  • Strand A: Lesson Design - Effective Strategies for the California Language Teacher
  • Strand B: Thematic Unit Design for the World Language Class
  • Strand C: Best Practices in Assessment for the World Language Class
  • Strand T: Technology Skills for the 21st Century World Language Teacher


CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.