De una vez! reaches out to heritage speakers who have had very little or no training in reading or writing in Spanish. It eases them into reading, writing, and grammar using a rich cultural approach designed to make these students fully aware of their own cultural background as well as of the diversity that exists across Latin cultures. After first gaining a strong sense of self, students are then exposed to a variety of career role models within Hispanic communities. They are encouraged to be active in their own communities, to interview Hispanic professionals, and to explore different Spanish-speaking countries and regions using the Internet.