Yanina   Hernandez

Lecturer 1  

Office: ELABS 345C
Email: yanina.hernandez@utrgv.edu

Yanina Hernandez

Yanina Hernández is a lecturer in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She holds an M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and has taught beginning-level Spanish courses for more than 15 years, including face-to-face and online courses. Her experience includes teaching at the University of New Mexico, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, Texas State Technical College, and University of Texas Pan American (now UTRGV).

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) adquision
    • Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) adquisition
  • Education

    • MA, Spanish, University of New Mexico, 2003






Selected Presentations


  • Yanina Hernandez and Jose Hernandez. "Creating Thematic Units for Developing Writing and Critical Awareness in Heritage Spanish Courses," Heritage Spanish Workshop, Center for Open Education and Resources in Language Learning (COERLL), University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (July 2017)

  • Marcela Hebbard and Yanina Hernandez. "Designing Transdisciplinary Collaborative Writing Assignments," Multilingual Pedagogy Professional Development, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas (March 2017)

  • Yanina Hernandez, Carolina Cardenas, and Sarahi Zarate. "Creating Classroom Activities for Spanish Heritage Learners," Linguistic Seminar Series, Writing and Languages Department, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas (March 2017)

  • Sonia Balash, Yanina Hernandez, and Jose Hernandez. "Hey! Tell me about tu gente! Starting a Latino Cross-Country Discussion between SHLs of two U.S. Universities," 4th National Symposium of Spanish as Heritage Language, University of California, Irvine, California (February 2017)

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