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From Empirical Research to Pedagogical Approaches: A Workshop on Spanish Heritage Language Learners

Fri, October 19, 2012 • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM • ACC (Rio Grande Campus, Main Building 125)

From Empirical Research to Pedagogical Approaches:

A Workshop on Spanish Heritage Language Learners

Presented by

Jesse Abing, M.A. & Joshua Frank, M.A.

The University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

on

 Friday, October 19th, 2012: 1:30-3:30 PM

 at

 ACC (Rio Grande Campus, Main Building 125)

What does it mean to be a heritage language learner?  How can instruction better serve the diverse learning needs of this rather heterogenous group of learners?  What information is useful to know in order to place learners and develop appropriate and effective curriculum and course materials?  In answer to these questions, The University of Texas at Austin has implemented a bilingual/bicultural track to the lower-division Spanish language courses starting at the introductory level and continuing up through advanced grammar.  As current participants in the development and instruction of these courses, we are eager to share insights gleaned from our experiences and research to assist others in better serving this population of language learners.  Our goal for this workshop is to share current research and practices in the field of Heritage Language Acquisition and to engage in an interactive discussion about what this information means for heritage language learners in the language classrooms.

If you have any questions you would like to have addressed during the workshop, feel free to email them in advance to Jesse Abing at abingjes@utexas.edu or Joshua Frank at jfrank18@utexas.edu.  

 Topics to be addressed:

  • The state of Heritage Language Acquisition research
  • Definitions and varieties of heritage language learners
  • Differences and similarities with second language learners
  • Attitudes, identity and battling preconceptions
  • Developing and assessing a bilingual/bicultural program
  • Teaching strategies and materials development

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