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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spanish for Heritage Learners at the University of Houston

Thu, April 16, 2009 • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM • BEN 2.104

The three-part presentation will be organized as follows: Part I will cover some general information about heritage languages and heritage language learners, including basic definitions, demographic information, and students' language abilities. Part II will describe the Heritage Language Program at the University of Houston: classes offered, course objectives, materials, resources, and instructors' training. Part III will explain in detail the many challenges and pay-offs of developing an onlin

Tentative Schedule
Part I (3:00 - 3:30 pm)

a. Defining heritage learners: Who are they? Characteristics of the students. Demographic information.

b. The language skills of heritage learners: What do they know? What haven't they acquired yet? Standard Spanish, dialects and registers.

Part II (3:30 – 4:30 pm)

a. The Heritage Language Program at UH: courses, objectives, materials, resources, instructors.

Break (4:30 – 4:45 pm)

Part III (4:45 – 5:45 pm)

a. Placing heritage learners: challenges and pay-offs of developing an online placement / credit exam.

b. Results of the pilot exam

QandA (5:45 – 6 pm)

Sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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