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

American University, Washington, DC
September 19, 2015

Full Conference Schedule - Please email iie@american.edu if you would like access to a conference presentation in PDF format.

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


National Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools

Teaching Heritage Languages: An Online Workshop (NHLRC and StarTalk)

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]

Panel Presentation 2: The Power of Collaboration 

  • Building Partnerships between Researchers and Stakeholders in Language Communities to Empower Collaboration - Ted Supalla, Sign Language Research Lab, Georgetown University [PDF Presentation]
  • Engaging Parents as Advocates for Language Learning - Fabrice Jaumont, Cultural Services of the French Embassy [PDF Presentation] | Face Foundation: French Dual Language Program Resources

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]

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

Facilitators:Marta McCabe, Durham Technical Community College and Mana Kharrazi, Iranian Alliance Across Borders (IAAB)

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

Facilitators: Ana Lucia Lico, ABRACE and Joy Kreeft Peyton, Center for Applied Linguistics

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

Facilitators: Elena Lyutykh, Concordia University, Simeon Stumme, Concordia University and Pamela J. Konkol, Concordia University 

Roundtable on Ways to Collaborate to Address Program Needs

[PDF Resource - Collaborations] 


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, german-world.com, Spring 2014

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Sponsors: AU School of Education, AU TESOL Program, Center for Applied Linguistics, National Heritage Language Resource Center