Resources for those working with the growing U.S. Spanish-speaking population
The Center for Applied Linguistics will periodically highlight events, workshops, and conferences of interest.
To propose a conference or event, click here.
Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
July 20-24, 2009
UCLA International Institute
Los Angeles, CA
This workshop is designed to help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language students. It will prepare them to understand the differences between teaching L2 and HL learners, the issues involved in heritage language teaching, and how to address them. Participants will explore ways to design their own curriculum and select materials and assessment tools. They will learn how to involve students as ACTIVE participants in the learning process. The five Cs recommendations from the National Standards will be implemented throughout the workshop.
The workshop will include information on how to research a heritage language community and create a community-based program. A grasp of demographic data will give teachers an advantage in both teaching and promoting heritage language instruction in their own departments, institutions, and districts. The workshop will address these issues to better prepare teachers for the classroom.
The workshop hopes to develop a cohort of language teachers who will be leaders and mentors in the field of heritage language instruction.
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. The convention features over 600 educational sessions on such topics as: Assessment, Culture, Curriculum, Learner Variables, Literature, Materials, Methods/Techniques, Policy/Issues, Professional Development, Research, Specific Purposes, Standards and Technology.
Learn more and register here.
International Conference on Heritage Languages
February 19 – 21, 2010
Covel Commons, UCLA
Major developments in the heritage field are occurring in the United States and also in the countries of the European Union. This conference will assemble prominent scholars to present keynote addresses and will convene panels covering a spectrum of issues pertaining to heritage language in the communities and in classrooms from levels K-16.
A call for proposals is now available on the conference Web site.
2011 Spanish in the United States &
Spanish in Contact with Other Languages
Founded in 1980, the Spanish in the US Conference brings together researchers from various disciplines – such as linguistics, sociology, anthropology, education, and legal studies – investigating a wide range of topics related to Spanish and Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Since 1991, the Spanish in the US Conference has been held in conjunction with the Spanish in Contact with Other Languages Conference, allowing productive connections between researchers focusing on the US context and researchers investigating the entire Spanish-speaking world. In recent years, interest and participation have increased dramatically, thanks to both the growing public and scholarly recognition of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States.
Past conferences and events related to SNS
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers of Spanish to Spanish Speakers (2000)