Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures


José del Valle

Committee Members

Miki Makihara

Beatriz Lado

Subject Categories

Spanish Linguistics


Glotopolítica, ideologías lingüísticas, enseñanza del español, hispanismo, panamericanismo


This study focuses on the political history of the teaching of Spanish in the United States during the first half of 20th century. Drawing from the history of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish – AATS (1926) as a normative agent, along with key linguistic instruments created by its well-known members, this research examines its role in the creation and shaping of a new academic field in which two ideological processes were key in the configuration of this disciplinary space: hispanism and panamericanism. By identifying a collection of teaching materials, this project explores the normative model and methodologies that were promoted during this period and that shape/outline Spanish as an object of study. Contextualizing the conditions under which these pedagogical texts are produced and circulated, this work investigates the social, cultural, and political contextualization that makes possible the positioning of the language as a foreign language within U.S. educational spaces.