2016 STARTALK/NHLRC Teacher Workshop


June 26-30, 2016 at UCLA

The StarTalk sponsored languages are:
Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu


Instructors from K-16 programs and community schools are invited to apply.

Additional spaces are available for other less commonly taught languages.

The workshop is sponsored by Startalk and the National Heritage Language Resource Center and cosponsored by the UCLA Asia Institute, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, and the UCLA Latin American Institute.

About the Workshop

The teacher workshop is designed to help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language (HL) students. One of the biggest challenges these teachers face is finding suitable materials for their students. In our 2015 workshop we plan to help teachers face this challenge by focusing on the development of instructional materials that answer the needs of their HL learners. The workshop will be designed to impart the principles and methods of HL materials development via hands-on projects that involve the development, presentation, and critique of materials.

The workshop aims to create a cohort of language teachers who will be leaders and mentors in the field of HL instruction. We hope that teachers who participate in the workshop will commit to re-teaching “lessons learned” at their institution or in their region when they return home.

The workshop's goals are to:

  1. Identify criteria and strategies for developing HL materials.
  2. Design materials that build on HL students’ initial proficiencies and meet their affective needs, in particular issues of identity and belonging.
  3. Understand how to select and use authentic materials, and develop real-life activities to accompany them.
  4. Become familiar with the principles of differentiated, macro, and project-based teaching.

There is no charge for this workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants.

For additional information, contact kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu