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Professional Development

Since becoming a language resource center, the NHLRC has convened three quadrennial International Conferences on Heritage/Community languages and partnered with affiliates to host other conferences as well.

International Heritage Language Conferences

The quadrennial International Conferences have provided two-day forums that have brought together heritage language researchers, instructors, and specialists from around the world to discuss issues, relevant to heritage/community language studies as a multi-disciplinary field.

3rd International Heritage Language Conference: February 16-17, 2018

2nd International Heritage Language ConferenceMarch 7-8, 2014

1st International Heritage Language Conference: February 19-21, 2010

Other Conferences

A Memorial Conference Honoring the Legacy of Olga Kagan: May 31, 2019

The UCLA Center for World Languages, the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, and the Division of the Humanities held a conference celebrating the legacy of Professor Olga E. Kagan. The all-day conference brought together scholars from UCLA and around the country who worked closely with her, to present on topics that are representative of her extraordinary career on heritage language teaching and second language acquisition.

Language Teacher Education Conference 2017: February 2-4, 2017

The NHLRC partnered with our sister LRC the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition to bring together domestic and international language teacher educators, instructors, and administrators, at a three-day conference, hosted on the UCLA campus.

Community Language Schools Conference: Saturday, April 13, 2013

This conference brought together teachers and administrators of community language schools with local faculty and graduate student researchers.

Summer Heritage Language Teacher Workshops

Since 2009, the NHLRC has held annual week-long workshops on the UCLA campus that have focused on training cohorts of K-16 and community school instructors of heritage languages in the development of innovative heritage curricula to address the challenge of teaching heritage language (HL) students. The participants in these workshops have engaged in hands-on activities that have involved the development, presentation, and critique of projects that can be used with heritage language students. Visit each workshop page to see the heritage language curricula submitted for each of the represented languages.


2019 STARTALK/NHLRC Heritage Language Teacher Workshop

June 24-28, 2019 at UCLA


Previous Workshops


 2018 Workshop

 2017 Workshop

 2016 Workshop

 2015 Workshop  2014 Workshop  2013 Workshop

 2012 Workshop

 2011 Workshop  2010 Workshop  2009 Workshop

Since 2007, the NHLRC has partnered with affiliates to host research institutes that have focused on addressing the pressing need for empirical data on the grammar of heritage language learners and exploring the connections between these findings and heritage language teaching.


Eleventh Research Institute (2019): Heritage Languages in Unexpected Places

June 10-13, 2019 at the University of New Mexico


Previous Institutes

     Tenth Institute (2017)

 Ninth Institute (2016)

 Eighth Institute (2015)

 Seventh Institute (2013)

 Sixth Institute (2012)  Fifth Institute (2011)

Fourth Institute (2010)

 Third Institute (2009)  Second Institute (2008)  First Institute (2007) 

The NHLRC in conjunction with the STARTALK program has created two online products: 1) a mini-course that can be used by heritage language teachers for self-study and 2) a comprehensive certification course.

Mini-course: Teaching Heritage Languages: An Online Workshop

A free online course for language teachers seeking to understand differentiated instruction for students who grew up speaking a heritage language at home.

Certification course: Teacher Training for the 21st Century

A comprehensive certification course, consisting of five self-paced modules that aim to provide an in-depth understanding of the linguistic and affective needs of heritage language students, and the best pedagogical practices to meet those needs.