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Teaching Spanish to Native Speakers Conference to be held at New Mexico State

The Institute of Spanish for Native Speakers and the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University are sponsoring the eighth annual Conference on Teaching Spanish to Native Speakers June 21-23.

ference disseminates information regarding issues, methods, materials and research on the development of Spanish language skills of people with Spanish-speaking backgrounds. It is the only conference of its kind in the United States.

Participants at the conference include educators from local high schools and scholars and teachers from across the country at many different education levels. The presenters will address topics like new approaches to teaching grammar, incorporating technology in the native speaker classroom and strategies for alleviating student anxiety.

The keynote speaker is Cecilia Colombi from the University of California at Davis. Colombi, who has published work on native speaker issues, will address the topic of developing academic writing skills at noon Saturday, June 22.

The first Fabian and Virginia Samaniego Scholarship will also be awarded at the conference. The scholarship was established by Fabian Samaniego, professor emeritus at the University of California at Davis and author of "Tu Mundo" and "Nuestro Mundo," two textbooks designed with Spanish native speakers in mind. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding Hispanic student majoring in Spanish who demonstrates financial need. Samaniego is one of the featured workshop presenters this year.

Other conference highlights include a presentation by Chicana author Denise Chavez, who will read from her latest novel "Loving Pedro Infante" at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

Conference sessions Friday and Sunday will be held at the Las Cruces Hilton in the San Rafael rooms. Saturday sessions, including the keynote luncheon and the Samaniego Scholarship presentation, will be held at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Friday and Saturday sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Educators and the public are invited to attend the conference. On-site registration is $60 or $50 for seniors. Tickets for the keynote speaker luncheon may be purchased separately for $15.

For more information on the conference, contact the New Mexico State University Department of Languages and Linguistics at (505) 646-4541.

Sarah Wheeler
June 14, 2002