Teacher Workshop

Twelfth Heritage Language Research Institute



Thursday, June 11, 2020


10 am - 5 pm (divided into 3 two-hour sessions)




Maria M. Carreira, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literatures, California State University, Long Beach; Co-Director, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA



Registration is now open. You can register using the Institute's registration form, accessible through "Registration Information" on the menu. 


Part 1 (10 am – 12 pm)

Principles and Practices of Heritage Language Teaching

The first part of the workshop begins with an overview of the research that informs current approaches to heritage language (HL) teaching, focusing on how life experiences impact the development of HL grammars and functional abilities, as well as the development of attitudinal and aspirational stances that bear on HL learning.


Part 2 (1 pm – 2:45 pm)

Principles and Practices of Heritage Language Teaching and Project-Based Learning: What every language teacher should know

The second part of the workshop will take participants through the step-by-step process of creating projects for HL-only as well as mixed classes (classes with HL and second language learners). Participants will learn how to select project topics and materials, how to structure the creation of products for students at different levels of proficiency, and how to assess learning. Sample projects will be presented and possible modifications will be considered.

Part 3 (3 pm – 5 pm)

Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Heritage and Second Language Learners in Mixed Classes

Mixed classes (classes with heritage and second language learners) are the most common instructional context in which HL learners study their home language. From a teaching standpoint, they are also the most challenging due to the considerable differences that exist between these two populations of learners. In this workshop, I will present a general approach to teaching mixed classes that is responsive to the needs of each type of student and also taps into their complementary skills to foster collaborative learning. Exemplifying this approach, participants will see examples of different types of activities to implement in their mixed classes, and they will also have the opportunity to practice applying the tools of differentiation to advance both of these goals. Building on the morning workshop, the discussion will focus how PBL can effectively address the needs of all learners in a mixed class. Participants will receive a handout with a summary of strategies and sample activities for the mixed context, as well as a list of other resources for further exploration.

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Published: Monday, February 3, 2020