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2015 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

A networking conference for program administrators, teachers, parents, and researchers involved in community-based language programs and bilingual schools.


Speaker and Participant Meet and Greet: Friday, September 18, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion

Conference Program: Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm | Closing Reception 6:00 - 7:30 pm | School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room

8:30 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast and registration

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Plenary

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going as a Heritage Language Community? [PDF Presentation]
Dr. Olga Kagan, National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC), UCLA


10:00 - 11:00 am

Panel Presentation 1: Curriculum and Instruction

  • Discussing a Basic Curriculum Development Structure for HL Community Schools - Ivian Destro Boruchowski, Florida International University [PDF Presentation]
  • Curricula Used in French Programs - Jane Ross, President, French Heritage Language Program [PDF Presentation] | French Heritage High School Curriculum 2014-2015 [PDF] | Curriculum des 5-7 ans du French Heritage [PDF]
  • Instructional Approaches Using Technology - Tommy Lu, Chinese School of Delaware; Delaware Technical Community College [PDF Presentation]

11:00 - 11:45 am

Panel Presentation 2: The Power of Collaboration 

11:45 - 11:55 am | Break

11:55 am - 12:40 pm

Panel Presentation 3: Assessment and Credit for Proficiency 

  • Assessment Approaches in Programs - Habiba Boumlik, City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College [PDF Presentation]
  • Gaining Credit for Proficiency and Seal of Biliteracy - Shuhan Wang, ELE Consulting and CELIN@Asia society [PDF Presentation]

12:40 - 1:30 pm | Lunch 

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Workshop 1: Lessons Learned from Establishing Programs and Building Collaborations [PDF Presentation]

Facilitators: Marta McCabe, Durham Technical Community College

Mana Kharrazi, Iranian Alliance Across Borders (IAAB)

2:30 - 2:40 pm | Break 

2:40 - 3:40 pm

Workshop 2: Promoting Program Quality and Sustainability [PDF Presentation]

Facilitators: Ana Lucia Lico, ABRACE

Joy Kreeft Peyton, Center for Applied Linguistics

3:40 - 4:00 pm| Break 

4:00 - 5:00 pm 

Workshop 3: Heritage Schools Working With Partners to Promote Engagement and Language Development [PDF Presentation]

Facilitators: Elena Lyutykh, Concordia University

Simeon Stumme, Concordia University

Pamela J. Konkol, Concordia University


5:00 - 5:50 pm

Roundtable on Ways to Collaborate to Address Program Needs

[PDF Resource - Collaborations]

5:50 - 6:00 pm 

Closing Remarks

6:00 - 7:30 pm 



Conference Dates: 

  • Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm: Keynote address, panel presentations, and discussions. Registration opens at 8:00 am.
  • Reception sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: American University, Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building

Conference Resources

Challenges and Needs of Community-based Heritage Language Programs and How They Are Addressed Na Liu, Anne Musica, Silvia Koscak, Polina Vinogradova, and Jacqueline López, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Washington, DC, February 2011

An Empirical Analysis of 'Acting White' Roland G. Gryer, Jr. with Paul Torelli, Harvard University and NBER October, 7 2006

Learning to Sprechen Sie Deutsch and More: The German Schools of Connecticut Polly Tafrate,, Spring 2014

Organized by AU Bilingual Program and AU TESOL Program

Co-sponsored by The Center for Applied Linguistics
Center for Applied Linguistics

TESOL Program