January 28, 2015
Teaching Heritage Languages: Approaches and Strategies 


This webinar introduces participants to the core concepts of heritage language teaching. Based on the responses of 1800 heritage language learners of 22 languages, the UCLA National Heritage Language Center identified the heritage language (HL) learner as an individual who 1) acquired English in early childhood, after acquiring the HL, 2) has limited exposure to the HL outside the home, 3) has relatively strong aural and oral skills but limited literacy skills, 4) has positive HL attitudes and experiences, and 5) studies the HL mainly to connect with communities of speakers in the U.S. and to gain insights into his/her roots. Three general principles of heritage language teaching emerge from these findings: HL curricula should be rooted in the experiences, affective needs, and goals of HL learners; HL teaching should build on the linguistic strengths of HL learners; and HL teaching should be learner-centered and differentiated. The presenters share a community-based curriculum that represents an effective way to harness the wealth of knowledge and experiences that heritage language learners bring to the classroom.


Olga Kagan
National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA

María Carreira
National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA

Live Webinar Price: $40 for members; $55 for non-members
Purchase Price only for “Live” Recording date of January 28, 2015 (2:00 PM Pacific; 5:00 PM Eastern). Will be available to purchase for archived access beginning February 1. 

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar 2: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
Tailoring Instruction for Heritage Language Learners: Differentiated Instruction and Mixed Classes

Webinar 3: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
Motivating Heritage Language Learners: Authentic Tasks and Materials