Assessment of Heritage Language Learners: A Pilot Study of Self-Assessment and Learner Beliefs

3:00 - 12:00am

Espace Adenauer

Many multi-linguals in the United States are identified as heritage or community language learners. Although the number of heritage language learners is increasing in the US, little research addresses their assessment needs. The paper reviews the results of a pilot research study of HLLs of Mandarin Chinese (N=10), including alignment of self-assessments with oral proficiency ratings and results of cognitive laboratories on learner perceptions of assessments. This paper proposes future directions for research on assessment of heritage language learners, development of assessments to meet the needs of this population and implications for heritage speaking multi-linguals.