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Culturally Inclusive Practices for the Spanish Classroom

AATSP Webinar

Webinar Dates: Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, 2016

Webinar Times: 10:00 AM Eastern Time and 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Length of Webinar: 60 Minutes

Target Audience: K-12 and Post-Secondary Spanish and Portuguese teachers; world language method instructors; supervisors and other administrators


Culturally Inclusive Practices for the Spanish Classroom   


Webinar Description:

This webinar will focus on how to teach Spanish language and Hispanic culture while simultaneously incorporating strategies for the inclusion of students who are heritage Spanish speakers. Participants will be exposed to specific challenges and strategies to address multiculturalism when working with English-speaking students and with students of Hispanic cultural backgrounds. Additionally, teachers of Spanish at all levels (elementary, secondary and college/university) will learn how to be more culturally inclusive with ALL students through the use of strategies that support their students’ Hispanic cultural heritages. The presenter will provide an array of examples ranging from elementary and secondary instructional materials that are culturally authentic and appropriate to multicultural Spanish literature that can be incorporated in their classrooms.  College and university faculty who supervise student teachers will gain a perspective on what to expect when supervising practicum candidates who will become language teachers.


Biography for Maria M. Torres



Dr. Maria M. Torres is native of Puerto Rico, USA, and has lived and worked in Puerto Rico, New York and Florida.  Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education at the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a minor in Computer Science, (1993) and a Doctorate in Administration and Organizational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University in Dania, Florida and Specialization in Foreign Languages, (2002). She took graduate credits at Oxford University, Exeter College in Stratford-upon-Avon, England where she studied 19th Century Literature and Shakespeare. She is a certified Master Trainer of Trainers, 300 hours of ESOL Department of Education, Florida, 1994. She has worked as a teacher, school and district administrator in different areas for 42 years. Her bilingual/bicultural background, focus on Second Language Acquisition, English Learners and Foreign Language programs has led her to become an expert in teaching students, teachers and administrators working with populations of diverse backgrounds and varied learning styles. Maria is a national consultant and has been offering trainings, workshops, webinars and live presentations on numerous topics in public schools and universities in Puerto Rico, New York, and Florida.  


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