UCLA conference to examine the languages immigrants speak at home

More than 59 million people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home, and many of these individuals are "heritage language speakers." Educated primarily in English, they are exposed to their parents' native language at home, though they can rarely read or write in it. Those who study their heritage language by enrolling in classes for foreign-language learners typically become bored and drop out.
"The Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages," a two-day event sponsored by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA, will bring together experts from around the world to examine the teaching and impact of these heritage languages. Speakers and panels will explore multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches to teaching that build on heritage speakers' existing knowledge and help them reach high proficiency in a short period of time.
An additional pre-conference workshop, "Attending to the Needs of Heritage Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms," will focus on tools and strategies for teaching second-language learners and heritage learners in the same classroom.
Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8 (see full conference schedule)
The pre-conference workshop will take place Thursday, March 6, from 4–7 p.m.
UCLA's Covel Commons (map)
In addition to a full program of panels, the conference will feature three keynote addresses:
Marcelo is dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Carola is a professor of human development and psychology at the school and co-director of the UCLA Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education.
Professor of language education at Tel Aviv University
Professor of linguistics at Harvard University and co-director of research for the National Heritage Language Resource Center
Pre-registration is required for the conference and the workshop.
The mission of the National Heritage Language Resource Center is to develop effective approaches to teaching heritage learners by creating a research base and pursuing curriculum design, materials development and teacher education. The NHLRC is one of 15 Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, contact Kathryn Paul, executive director of the NHLRC at UCLA, at 310-663-1642 or kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu.
Peggy McInerny | 310-794-7726 | p_mcinerny@international.ucla.edu

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