One Day In Online Heritage Language Teaching – April 2020

Teachers in heritage classrooms all over the country are keeping their heritage students connected to Spanish and interesting content despite having taken their classes online. Here is some of their work below! Read and be inspired.

Since the number of submissions was a bit down this time around, I decided to include more than one slide for those who submitted two. Everything was done during the week of April 20th, 2020.

Maureen Aguilar from Colorado offers a weekly calendar of assignments based on what’s been happening around COVID-19 in the Spanish-speaking world. She takes advantage of the world of Google and apps for students to submit work.

Monica Morana is teaching her students about “animales en peligro de extinción” and has her students answer on a Google doc.

Adrienne Brandenberg from Colorado is having her students write information books.

Jen López from Minnesota is having her students interact with a variety of texts – lists, poetry, and reactions to poetry. Students also do journal entries.

Chris Cashman, this big dork from Illinois, did two classes of content from the website Quora, and found a new outlet of writing for an authentic audience.

Courtney Nygaard from Minnesota taught about intersectionality and how they interpreted their identity in the world.

Kristin Montgomery of Wisconsin presents plans from two levels of Spanish Language Arts. There are questions about capitalism vs communism, the reading of a play, and discussions about the ethics of technology.

One Day In ONLINE heritage teaching on April 23, 2020 – Call for submissions

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Is that how you’re feeling? 

Have you spent time scrolling back to March through all the Facebook pages and discussion groups for spectacular activities to do with your heritage students online – or assign to your students – and then when you sit down to actually plan, you have no idea what to do?  That’s been me at a few different points.

Let’s help each other by sharing what we are all doing to teach our heritage students remotely – in one easy snapshot! 

Many of you have participated in the last two “One Day in Heritage Language Teaching” days that I’ve hosted.  I would like to do this again next week, but this time with an (obvious) focus on what your newfangled online teaching world looks like on a specific day for a specific lesson.     

Quick sum-up: What is ‘One Day In Heritage Language Teaching’?

For the past two “One Day In HLT”, heritage language teachers submitted one Powerpoint slide showing what they did in their HL class on a particular day that I choose.  I then compiled it and sent it back out to everyone for an easy read during break-time in the teacher’s lounge.  Here is “One Day” from Oct 2018, and from Nov 2019. Those are the best samples to see what is sought after. 

Details for THIS round of “One Day”

  • 💻 Make one Powerpoint slide of what you’re doing for a heritage class…
  • 📅 On Thursday, April 23rd.  No cheating, unless it’s an even/odd issue.
  • ✏ Include a sum-up along with visual(s) on the slide
  • 📧 Send this to me by Monday, April 27th at
  • 👨‍🏫 I’d like the focus to be on what your actual class time and instruction looks like, not just independent assignments that you’ve assigned

Here’s a sample:

I will compile everyone’s share-outs in one blog post and share it back out to the heritage teaching community across multiple platforms for everyone to read during their teacher’s lounge break – or bedroom break, or wherever and whenever you’re behind a screen, which is probably 98% of all times and places now.  If you did something on April 23rd and it didn’t go so well and you are able to reflect on why or how it didn’t go well, include that if you still choose to share.  Let’s learn how to do online teaching together to be the best we can be for our heritage language students!

Looking forward to getting submissions soon!