Let's keep our language alive | Legados
02 December 2020


Challenges faced by Spanish-speaking families who are committed to transmitting and maintaining Spanish as a language of inheritance in Canadian territory.

Virtual meeting with specialists in the teaching of Spanish from FLACSO Argentina - Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences -

This Saturday, December 12, at 2pm, we will have a virtual meeting with specialists from FLACSO Argentina - Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, pioneers in the research of teaching Spanish as a heritage language, to talk about a topic that is of great interest to us as Spanish-speaking parents living in Canadian territory. The challenges we face to keep our language alive as a family, as a community and as an educational institution from Legacies. With the conviction that we are leaving our descendants perhaps one of the most valuable legacies, our language of origin.

"This language that we bring as Spanish-speaking Latin American immigrants, which differentiates and unites us as a community without making us uniform."

But what is the point of transmitting and preserving this language?

Here, from the heart of our homes, it is the language of the closest or most distant family resonances, but it is the language that one of the parents speaks at home, it is the language that crosses the identity of the children and it is the language with which we can preserve intergenerational links with our families, our countries and our cultures of origin.

Here from life outside the domestic space, the language of inheritance favors the learning of other languages, increases the cognitive development of children, facilitates social integration because people who speak more than one language are more empathetic towards themselves and their environment.

We invite you to participate in this meeting in which we will share testimonies and talk about these and other topics that may be important to you and / or worry at home today.

Free virtual event with pre-registration here.



FLACSO Argentina - Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences

Vera Cerqueiras

Professor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buenos Aires and Master in Teacher Training of ELE from the University of Barcelona. She has worked as Spanish Academic Coordinator at the Language Laboratory of the University of Buenos Aires and has developed tasks as teacher, evaluator, trainer, trainer of trainers and curriculum management in the area of Spanish as a native language and foreign language in different local universities (Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Universidad de San Andrés, Universidad de Belgrano).

She has carried out numerous projects for the development of teaching materials and participated in the design of curriculum plans for multi and monolingual groups and specific objectives, including projects for migrant and refugee populations.

He has also provided international technical assistance in English-speaking Caribbean countries under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently carrying out a technical assistance project on Spanish as a language of inheritance in Motreal con Legados.

teaching profile


Guadalupe Tavella

She has a degree and is a Professor of Higher Education in Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. She obtained the Training Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Second and Foreign Language (FFyL - UBA). She is currently studying for a Master's Degree in Writing and Literacy at the National University of La Plata.

Since the creation of ADELA (Area of Latin American Studies) she has been part of the research and teaching team at FLACSO. Currently she accompanies the students of the Higher Diploma in Spanish teaching and management as a tutor.

teaching profile

Daniel Acosta

Degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Lyon (France). He studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of Buenos Aires and Narrative Writing at Casa de Letras (Buenos Aires). He specialized in teaching Spanish to foreigners, obtaining a Higher Diploma in Spanish teaching and management at FLACSO. He currently works at a Spanish school in Buenos Aires where, in addition to teaching, he is a tutor in a training program for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language. As the father of two French-Argentinean children, various problems related to the language of inheritance converge in his daily life. 


Event Information

Day: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Hour: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Free virtual event with pre-registration here