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The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) is the United States’ leading organization in serving educators to support the teaching and learning of Spanish and Portuguese (K-16+). We provide a forum for educators from the U.S. and abroad during our AATSP Annual Conference that includes over 300 events during 3 1/2 days of discussions, workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches, excursions, and awards that reflect trends, interests, and the needs of language educators.




On behalf of the AATSP Board of Directors, it is with deep regret that we notify our membership that we are currently in negotiations to postpone the 102nd Annual Conference to be held this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico) July 9-12, 2020). At present, we are unable to share complete information. We appreciate your patience as we navigate a new process.


In the coming weeks, we will communicate details. For now, if you have reserved flights or lodging in San Juan for the July event, please cancel these arrangements.


By July 2020, we are hopeful that the current travel restrictions will be relaxed, and the virus will be closer to containment. However, because no one can guarantee an endpoint to the COVID-19 pandemic, we act our of an abundance of caution. Our first priority is your health and safety.


This summer, sadly we will miss the rich exchange of knowledge and interactions with our colleagues and friends that are the hallmark of the AATSP annual conference. 


Sheri Spaine Long
AATSP Executive Director



July 9-12, 2020
Caribe Hilton Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our 2020 Theme

Español y Portugués para un mundo multilingüe y multicultural
Espanhol e Português para um mundo multilíngue e multicultural
Spanish and Portuguese for a multilingual and multicultural world







Featured strands:

1. The Teaching and Learning of Spanish and Portuguese
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Student Engagement for Proficiency—What Works?
  • Innovative Teaching and Curriculum (e.g., Language Acquisition, Technology, Gamification, Service Learning, Social Justice)
  • Performance/Feedback/Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning in Multilingual/Multicultural Settings
  • Heritage Language Instruction and Learning 2.0

2. The Future of the Profession
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Professional Development for Teachers (all levels and delivery modes; traditional/non-traditional)
  • Mentorship Models for K-16+ Educators
  • Languages for Careers/Professions (e.g., Translation/Interpretation, Business, STEM)
  • Expanding our Footprint in K-12 (e.g., Seal of Biliteracy, Dual Language Learning)
  • Languages and the Power of Advocacy

3. Reshaping Literary and Linguistic Studies
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Literature, Culture and Film in the Classroom
  • Literary and Cultural Studies 
  • Linguistic and Literary Community Engagement
  • Representations of Puerto Rican Migration and Other Diasporas

For planning purposes

  • The 102nd Annual AATSP Conference will officially begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, July 9, and will end by noon on Sunday, July 12, 2020.There will be excursions planned for Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Early Bird conference registration will be $205 for AATSP members and $325 for non-members.
  • The Caribe Hilton discounted lodging rate for conference attendees will be $199/night plus taxes (non-conference hotel rate is $320/night).
  • Along with other carriers, discount airlines such as Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit and Southwest have flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico’s International Airport.
  • The Caribe Hilton is a 12-minute drive from San Juan’s International Airport.
  • Airport-Hotel taxi fee is $23.00 each way via Taxi Turístico.
  • All cultural excursions will be handled by a 3rd party provider: Vámonos Student Travel Tours. Click on the Excursions link above to reserve your excursion. NOTE: The AATSP is not responsible for excursion purchases made with Vámonos Student Travel Tours. All excursion cancellations and refunds should be made through this vendor.     


Conference Registration Rates


Early Bird Registration
(January – April 1, 2020)

(April 2 to June 13 2020)

On Site Registration
After June 13, 2020

AATSP Members




Student Members




Life Members









Conference registration includes:

  • Admission to all presentations including sessions, e-Posters, panels and featured sessions.
  • Admission to:
    1. Exhibit Hall

    2. President's Welcome Reception

    3. Celebration Dinner 
  • Workshops and excursions are not included in the conference registration fee but can be purchased for an additional fee. 

AATSP Refund Policy:


All registration changes and refund requests must be made in writing no later than May 1, 2020 via e-mail (to No refunds will be granted after May 1, 2020. All refund requests will be subject to a $25 processing fee. All refunds will be processed after the conference. Please allow 8 weeks for processing.





Thank you to our sponsors!





The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) is committed to ensuring that no individual is deprived of the opportunity of membership and/or participation in the conference without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual preference, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion or sex. The conference facility is fully accessible and compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To make a request for special accommodations please contact the AATSP via email ( or telephone at 205-506-0600 by June 8, 2020 to provide information detailing the nature of your disability and need for accommodation. With respect to all matters related to accommodation, the AATSP will only communicate with the candidate, or a professional knowledgeable about the candidate's disability or impairment, or the candidate's authorized representative.


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