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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


PROGRAM: Keynote Address
Photo of Claudio Sanchez

Heritage Languages in Education: As I See It

Claudio Sanchez, National Public Radio

Language use is complex and fascinating, and its varieties are not always visible to everyone. In the homes, classrooms, and public institutions of this country, people use different languages and dialects of languages for many different purposes. They also have very interesting views about their own and others' languages and cultures.

As a reporter, Claudio Sanchez is privy to a behind-the-scenes view of these uses and attitudes. In his keynote address, he talks about the role of Spanish and English in his own life and describes the hidden intricacies of language and culture in the stories that he covers for National Public Radio.

Friday, October 18   1:00-2:00 PM

About Claudio Sanchez
A former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is education correspondent for National Public Radio® (NPR). He focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition®, All Things Considered®, and Weekend Edition®.

Sanchez joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as the executive producer for the Latin American News Service in El Paso, Texas, a daily national radio news broadcast covering Latin America and the United States-Mexico border.

From 1984 to 1988, Sanchez was news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso. During this time, he contributed reports and features to NPR's news programs. In 1985, he received one of broadcasting's top honors, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, for a series he co-produced, "Sanctuary: The New Underground Railroad." In addition, he has won the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Best Spot News, the El Paso Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and was recognized for outstanding local news coverage by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Claudio Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with graduate studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson.