Spring 2021

Owning the Bilingual Self

Listed in: Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-205  |  Spanish, as SPAN-205


Sony Coranez Bolton (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 205 and LLAS 205) Heritage learners of Spanish learn different registers of the Spanish language in their homes and communities from an early age. In this course, students will use this knowledge as a springboard to expand their use and command of Spanish with increasing confidence and in a variety of social and cultural contexts. We will study cultural texts–from the most informal to the most formal, from Hispanic communities both here in the US and in the Spanish-speaking world, in Spanish and Spanglish–and will discuss students’ own experiences growing up as heritage learners of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish and Spanglish.

Due to the changing nature of the pandemic and in order to ensure that this course is accessible to the widest amount of students possible, Owning the Bilingual Self will be offered remotely via Zoom. This class will be writing intensive giving opportunities for students to learn the more formal aspects of Spanish academic reading and writing. Students should be prepared to do weekly short writing assignments between 1-3 pages (in Spanish). Short writing assignments are meant to be formative in assessment and therefore lower stakes rather than formally or critically evaluated. Critical to success in this class is consistent and well-informed and prepared participation in class discussions in Spanish or Spanglish, drawing on course readings as well as the personal experience and heritage of students (when appropriate). Assessment of performance in this class will be based on a final formal presentation and a final analytical reflection/literacy narrative to be conducted in Spanish. For the final projects, students will have latitude to prepare something more free-form, artistic, literary, or visual if it is desired and always in consultation with the professor.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 16 students. Spring Semester. Professor Coráñez Bolton.


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022