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Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners
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7/25/2016 to 7/29/2016
When: Monday, July 25, 2016
Where: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
United States

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Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners 

July 25–29, 2016


Target Audience
Elementary to postsecondary heritage language, foreign, indigenous, and ESL teachers.

Teaching heritage learners is not the same as teaching learners of a foreign language. Heritage languages are languages other than English that are spoken in homes, communities, and extended families. Although many of our students come from vibrant multilingual contexts, these languages (and literacy in them) are often not developed early on in schools. When students are given the opportunity to use, learn, and expand on their heritage languages, they have an abundance of resources and knowledge they can tap into.

Participants in this workshop will examine social justice topics, community-based learning for growing heritage language (literacy), and authentic assessments for heritage language development. Participants will collaborate; connect experiences of heritage teachers and learners to research on multilingual development; and learn how to bring communities, classrooms, and digital storytelling together to create powerful heritage language learning environments.

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