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Guidelines for Spanish Heritage and Native Speakers

Heritage Speaker

The term heritage speaker refers to second or third generation immigrants raised in a natural environment where Spanish was spoken in addition to English. Typically, heritage language learners do not receive formal instruction in the home language until later in life (high-school or college) but have good oral skills. This, however, is not always the case and there is a wide range of proficiency variability across the bilingual continuum.

Placement Procedure:

Like other students who come to the university with prior experience in Spanish, heritage speakers are encouraged to seek advanced placement in Spanish courses by taking the CLEP exam.  Taking the CLEP exam transcribes credit for what you already know and gives a good indication of the level where you might best begin your studies. 

For more information

Please visit with the Spanish faculty to learn more about the CLEP exam and your placement options.