Heather Sweetser

Arabic Senior Lecturer
University of New Mexico-Main Campus


The University of New Mexico’s Lecturer of the Year for 2019-2020, Heather Sweetser teaches Arabic at UNM. She is also the Lead Instructor for the federally funded summer STARTALK program in Albuquerque, NM, teaching Arabic to middle and high school students. Heather has led multiple presentations and workshops on language teaching and learning, including a 3-day workshop about teaching languages online for a local high school. One of the co-creators of the wecanlearnarabic.com website, Heather’s approaches to integrating culture with language leads students towards quick gains in Arabic.

Conference Topic:

Words have meaning and consequences


Stereotyping Students and Students Stereotyping


A stereotype, either positive or negative, is an erroneous generalization of a social group. It is a preconceived idea that attributes certain characteristics to all members of a social group; while at the same time, does not take into account of individual differences. In this session, we will discuss the two forms and two sources of stereotype, explore the impacts of stereotypes on a student and demonstrate how an instructor can intervene and help students to nurture their friendship.

Other Speakers on this presentation:

Julia Wai-Yin So

Amir Hedayati

Soledad Garcia-King