Learn More: Placement

Our Spanish Heritage Language Program (SHL) is designed specifically for students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish.  Do your parents, grandparents, or other family members speak Spanish with you? ¿Te consideras bilingüe? Did you learn most of the Spanish you know outside of the classroom, such as with your family or in your community?  If so, one of our SHL courses might be right for you. To learn more about our UO SHL Program, watch our video here.  

The SHL Program is an initiative of the UO Department of Romance Languages to meet the needs of the changing population of our university. It is comprised of a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels taught by a diverse cross-section of University of Oregon faculty.

Take the survey on your own, without the help of a dictionary. The idea is for you to write as much as you can in Spanish or Spanglish (a few sentences or a short paragraph after each prompt), so we can best advise you on which SHL class would be the best place to start.  NOTE: If you already have credit for SPAN 203 or the equivalent (or higher) on your UO record, you do not need to take the placement survey. In this case, you are ready to enroll in SPAN 308. 

*Please note that this survey is completely different from the Spanish language placement test through the UO Testing Center, which is designed for students who have mainly learned Spanish in the classroom.

Check out our website at https://shl.uoregon.edu/learn-more.   ¡Te esperamos!   


Fall 2022  SHL Advising & Placement Hours

Mondays 9-11 AM: Drop-in advising in 213 Friendly Hall

Tuesdays 2-3 PM & Thursdays 10-11 AM: by appointment

Appointments available in-person, on Microsoft Teams or by phone


Are you wondering which SHL class you should take first? ¿Quieres saber más sobre nuestro programa? 

SHL advising is for questions on courses, placement, and anything else related to the SHL program. 

Email herencia@uoregon.edu to make an advising or placement appointment.


Wondering about placement? Take the SHL placement survey prior to your appointment.

Download Microsoft Teams (free for UO students) in advance of your appointment. Details here: https://service.uoregon.edu/TDClient/2030/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=69989

At the time of your appointment, I will contact you via Teams. If I am unable to get in touch with you through Teams, I will call you at the phone number you provided. Send an email to herencia@uoregon.edu with your contact phone number if you did not already include it when scheduling your appointment in Navigate. 

Please visit https://advising.uoregon.edu/  for more information and resources. 

SHL classes available in both in-person and asynchronous WEB/Online formats

We are excited to announce that all 4 of our SHL courses are now available in two modalities: in-person on the UO campus in Eugene, and online asynchronously (from anywhere!).  We believe it's important to offer both options to increase accessibility, meet student needs and continue to grow our program. In both modalities, our courses offer you the chance to use and build upon your Spanish language skills, form part of an engaged learning community, make progress toward graduation, and fulfill core education requirements.  ¿Preguntas? Contact us at herencia@uoregon.edu

The mission of the Spanish Heritage Language Program is…

● to value and develop Spanish language proficiency, particularly for students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household or community;
● to recognize, validate, and study the Spanish language as it is used in the US context, as well as the emerging phenomenon of English-Spanish bilingualism, with a specific focus on the use of code-switching and different types of borrowings as widespread linguistic phenomena in the US;
● to give students the opportunity to build upon their existing linguistic and cultural knowledge and experiences; and
● to create meaningful connections with local Spanish-speaking communities, acknowledging how languages are used and shaped both inside and outside academia.

We strive to accomplish this by…

● meeting students’ needs as heritage learners, cultivating the whole student, based on the conviction that language and identity are deeply intertwined;
● exploring topics related to students’ cultural background;
● recovering or developing students’ heritage linguistic abilities in both oral and written expression; and
● engaging students in collaborative learning both inside and outside the classroom.

We believe that language is a social phenomenon and as such necessarily includes variation due to the constant movement of peoples and change over time that is universally human. Thus, we must approach language study in a way that transcends linguistic hierarchies and assumptions of linguistic accuracy based on the native-speaker paradigm. The native-speaker paradigm operates under the faulty assumption that there is one correct way to speak a language, and that there exist “native” speakers who speak this “standard” form, ignoring the realities of linguistic variation based on identity and social context.

In conclusion, we, the Spanish Heritage Language faculty of the UO, believe that the only ethical and intellectually honest position is to study Spanish not as an object independent of its speakers and their sociopolitical realities, but as a living, evolving vehicle of communication across many nations and cultures that is intimately tied to the identities of its speakers.

For more information, please contact the Spanish Heritage Language Program at herencia@uoregon.edu

The following link is an events calendar with Latinx/Hispanic activities at the U of O:  https://blogs.uoregon.edu/latinxstrategygroup/

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