Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Second International

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Attending to the Needs of Heritage Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms

Pre-Conference Workshop Leader: Maria Carreira, California State University, Long Beach

Time: Thursday, March 6, from 4-7 p.m.

Workshop Handout
Activities Materials
Teaching Mixed HL/Non-HL Classes

Research by the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) shows that more often than not, HL learners study their home language in the context of mixed classes, that is, classes with second language learners (L2 learners) and HL learners. Yet, most of the work on HL teaching has focused on specialized HL classes, to the neglect of mixed classes. Addressing this gap, this workshop presents some foundational principles behind teaching mixed classes and offers hands-on practice with specialized tools and strategies for this context. To navigate the attendant challenges of mixed classes, it is important (1) to understand the ways in which HL learners differ from each other, as well as from L2 learners, and (2) to employ teaching strategies that effectively respond to those differences. This presentation will offer an overview to both domains of knowledge. Regarding the first, it will examine HL learners' needs as a function of their live experiences and other circumstances. Regarding the second, it will present a model of differentiated instruction specifically designed for mixed classes that is informed by emerging research, as well as practice. Participants will engage in practice activities for assessment, differentiation, curriculum design for mixed classes.