Presentation Archive

Identity of Heritage Language Speakers: AAAL Colloquium,  March 2007

A colloquium presented at the 2007 annual American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference addressed issues of identity of heritage language speakers from different linguistic and cultural perspectives. Identity of speakers of the following languages were explored in presentations, now available for download:

Spanish - Maria Carreira
(63 KB, PDF)

Russian - Olga Kagan
(592 KB, PDF)

Chinese - Nelleke Van Deusen-Sholl and Theresa Jen
(498 KB, PDF)

Arabic - Sonia Shiri
(531 KB, PDF)

Upcoming Conferences and Institutes

Heritage Languages and Social Cohesion Conference
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Lycée Français de New York

Panel: Heritage Language Research and Social Cohesion
This panel discussion will address the field of research today and how heritage language teaching and learning can address issues of social cohesion.
Panelists include Joy Peyton.

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention
November 18 – 20, 2011
Colorado Convention Center
Denver Colorado
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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo brings together more than 6,000 teachers, administrators, method instructors and students of foreign languages at all levels from across the world.

Empowering Heritage Language Teaching Through Use of Digital Technologies
Heritage language educators face challenges of limited instructional hours and lack of diverse and age-appropriate materials. Presenters demonstrate how digital stories and educational wikis can address these challenges and foster engaging, creative, and meaningful heritage language learning.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:00 – 9:00am
Room 607

Presenters include Na Liu

Community-Based Heritage Language Programs: Challenges and Successes
Community-based language schools were established by ethnic groups to support learning of their languages and cultures, which represent a rich national resource in the U.S. Program staff often face overwhelming challenges to keep their classes going. This session discusses the challenges and showcases the successes of some community-based schools.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 708

Presenters include Na Liu, Joy Peyton

Preliminary Findings from the Consortium of Heritage Language Program Databases
This presentation describes an effort to document the work of heritage language programs in the United States in K-12 public and private school, postsecondary, and community-based settings. This will be accomplished through a national consortium and organizational collaborations. Information will include languages taught, types and locations of programs, and curriculum.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 5:15 – 6:15pm
Room 404

Presenters include Joy Peyton

The Case for Connecting Foreign and Heritage Language Education
A comparison of foreign language public and private school data with census data indicates a mismatch between what is taught and the heritage languages spoken in the United States. This presentation analyzes this mismatch and addressees how federal, K-12, and community connections can overcome it to advance language teaching in the United States.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Room 304

Presenters: Terrence Wiley, Nancy Rhodes, Casey O'Hara, Deborah Kennedy, Joy Peyton

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