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Heritage Language Learners. Olga Kagan, Director, National Heritage Language Resource Center Iman Hashem, Director Arabic Language Projects Occidental College Foreign Language Project. Agenda. Introduction Activity 1 : Share what you know and what would you like to know

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heritage language learners

Heritage Language Learners

Olga Kagan, Director,

National Heritage Language Resource Center

Iman Hashem, Director

Arabic Language Projects

Occidental College Foreign Language Project

agenda
Agenda

Introduction

Activity 1: Share what you know and what would you like to know

Heritage Language Learners: Research Data and Discussion

Activity 2: Recipes for success

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activity 1
Activity 1

Number 1-5 in order to break into groups

Respond to the questions assigned to your group

Share your findings

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Who Are Heritage Language Learners HLLs?

What are the characteristics of the HLLs? What are the needs of the HLLs?

Why do students want to learn a heritage language? What do they want to learn and what skills are they interested in improving? 

What type of CONTENT responds to the needs of HLLs? What is important to consider about HLL CONTEXTS, student’s lives outside of the classroom?

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i would like to know
I would like to know …

What would you like to know about the heritage language learners by the end of this session? (Limit to three)**

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heritage language learners research data and discussion

Heritage Language Learners: Research Data and Discussion

Olga Kagan, Director,

National Heritage Language Resource Center

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recipes for success
Recipes for success

Develop research questions that would enable us to

  • What types of programs are the most effective for HLLs?
    • Is it better to have two separate programs, one for heritage and one for non-heritage?
    • Will this work at the elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary levels?
    • How can programs respond to the needs of receptive bilinguals?
  • How can we measure gains in the proficiencies of heritage speakers?
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What language specific linguistic need that programs need to pay attention to?

  • What type of tools can be used to assess student’s cultural and linguistic abilities?
    • Placement
    • Program outcome

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