Sixth Summer Heritage Research Institute:
From Overhearers to High Proficiency Speakers: Advancing Heritage Learners' Skills
June 18 - 22, 2012Click here to go to Institute Website
University of California, Los Angeles
Directed by: Professor Maria Polinsky (Harvard)
The cornerstone project for the National Heritage Language
Resource Center is an annual research institute, established to support
the Center's principal mission of developing the research base for
heritage language education. This year the institute is co-sponsored by
the NSEP National Language Flagship Program as part of their Flagship Results 2012 initiative.
The Sixth Institute will focus on current linguistic research
and its implications for heritage language instruction, especially with
regard to pedagogical approaches that help advance heritage speakers'
language skills toward high levels of proficiency. Research on heritage
speakers' proficiency relies on sophisticated methods of experimental
and pedagogical testing and this year's Institute will include a series
of hands-on workshops which will allow researchers and educators to
explore experimental methodologies in language sciences: eye-tracking,
brain imaging, computational modeling, phonetic analysis, etc. We will
also draw on the experience of Language Flagship programs across the
U.S. to explore new approaches in the heritage language classroom.
The Fourth Institute, held in 2010, culminated in the
publication of a White Paper which details the findings of linguistic
research with regard to heritage language speakers. This paper
summarizes past findings and has set the agenda for subsequent heritage
language research and, in part, for this year's institute.