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October 18-20, 2002
Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner, Virginia

Organized by
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)

with support from

University of Maryland, College Park



Competence in languages other than English is desperately needed in the United States. Our huge and varied heritage language resources have a definite role to play in arriving at such competence.

—Joshua Fishman,
Yeshiva and Stanford Universities



Friday, October 18


Group Meetings

11:00am - 6:00pm  


Grand Ballroom A

Opening Keynote Address: Claudio Sanchez

2:15 - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom A


Opportunities and Challenges: A National Town Meeting on Heritage Languages in America
Session Chairs: Catherine Ingold (National Foreign Language Center), John Webb (Princeton University), Akira Yamamoto (University of Kansas)

5:00 - 6:15pm
Grand Ballroom A


Heritage Languages Research: Priorities and New Directions
Session Chair: Russ Campbell (University of California, Los Angeles)

6:15 - 8:00pm
Lord Fairfax B

Opening Reception
Performance by Children From Heritage Communities


Saturday, October 19

7:00 - 8:45am   Group Meetings
7:30am - 12:30pm   REGISTRATION
8:00 - 8:45am
Grand Ballroom A
  Testing Language Proficiency at Higher Levels
Session Chair: Christina Hoffman (U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute)
9:00 - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom A
  Developing and Building Successful Programs for Heritage Language Speakers
Session Chairs: Inés García (Texas State Department of Education), Yu-Lan Lin (Boston Public Schools), Nancy Zarenda (California State Department of Education)
10:30 - 11:00am
Mezzanine Lobby
  View posters on the mezzanine level.
Visit CAL and NFLC exhibits in the Grand Ballroom prefunction area.
11:00am - 12:30pm
  Breakout Sessions:
Heritage Language Program Models
12:30 - 2:00pm
  Box lunch with poster presenters (Posters and Exhibits)
2:15 - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom A
  Professional Development of Heritage Language Teachers
Session Chairs: Cecilia Colombi (University of California, Davis), Ana Roca (Florida International University)
4:00 - 5:15pm
  Breakout Sessions:
Professional Development Models
5:30 - 6:15pm
Junior Ballroom
  A Challenge to the Heritage Language Community and a Call to Action
Session Chair: Richard D. Brecht (National Foreign Language Center)
Sunday, October 20
7:00 - 8:45am   Group Meetings
8:00 - 8:45am
Grand Ballroom A
  What We Can Learn From Other Countries About Heritage Language Development
Session Chair: Gerda de Klerk (Arizona State University)
9:00 - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom A
  Plenary Address: Joseph Lo Bianco
10:00am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom A
  Forming Partnerships to Promote and Support Heritage Language Education
Session Chairs: Carol J. Compton (University of Wisconsin), Kim Potowski (University of Illinois, Chicago), Hyekyung Sung (Stanford University)
12:30 - 1:30pm
Pavilion Rooms
  Lunchtime Breakout Sessions:
Forming Partnerships-Meet and Discuss the Issues With the Presenters
1:45 - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom A
  National Policy Statement on Heritage Language Development: Toward an Agenda for Action
Session Chairs: Nariyo Kono (Portland State University), Terrence G. Wiley (Arizona State University)
Group Meetings
Each morning facilities will be available for the various heritage language constituencies attending the conference to meet and engage in dialogue. Groups may use the opportunity to network, share information or exchange ideas, discuss current or future projects, initiate collaborative projects, or talk about the whys and hows of establishing a heritage language school, a school association, or regional or national heritage language associations.

See All Scheduled Meetings

To schedule a meeting for your group, contact Scott McGinnis at:
  Phone:   301-403-1750 x35
  Fax:   301-403-1754