Language and Power in a Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners Program: A Learning by Design Perspective

  • Glenn Martínez
  • Karmin San Martín


Digital storytelling is a pedagogical tool that can transform theory into practice through students’ development of higher order thinking, and the appropriate skills to identify language struggles applicable to their community. In addition, sociolinguistic principles are contextualized and the relationship between language and power in Spanish speaking communities is brought to life in unique and compelling ways. This chapter introduces digital storytelling from the perspective of Learning by Design, as a “designing” process in which students engage in “weaving” the knowledge processes of experiencing, conceptualizing, and applying. It also focuses on the effectiveness of this tool in a heritage language program for students in the health sciences and show how its use elevates and brings into focus the humanities dimensions of heritage language education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn Martínez
    • 1
  • Karmin San Martín
    • 2
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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