Tenth Heritage Language Research Institute

Heritage Language Education and Research: Crossing New Frontiers

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Project-based Learning with Heritage Language Learners

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Champaign CUSD #4
Mellon Administrative Center
703 S. New Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Target Audience: Teachers, Grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12
Presenters: Dr. Maria M. Carreira Professor, Department of Romance, German, and  Russian Languages and Literatures California State University, Long Beach Co-director, National Heritage Language Resource Center,  UCLA

Dr. Silvina Montrul Professor, Department of Linguistics Department of Spanish and Portuguese University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cost: $75


Workshop Overview:

An effective heritage language (HL) pedagogy must accomplish two main tasks: (1) target the needs, build on the strengths, and respond to the aspirations of HL learners vis-a-vis their HL, and (2) be accessible and useful to learners at different levels of readiness, i.e. be differentiated. This workshop will present a model of project-based learning that accomplishes both of these tasks. Project-based learning (PBL) is a learner-centered teaching approach in which students work over a period of time on a multi-faceted task, which involves engaging with complex issues, solving problems, or meeting particular challenges. To communicate their learning, students develop a product such as timelines, blogs, brochures, reports, public-service announcements, etc.

Regarding the needs, strengths, and aspirations of HL learners, this model is designed to (1) facilitate the development of oral and written skills in the HL, (2) increase linguistic and cultural awareness, (3) strengthen general literacy and academic skills, (4) enhance classroom engagement and (5) foster involvement with the heritage community. The guiding principles and strategies that comprise this model will be illustrated through sample projects, along with classroom practices and tools for differentiating instruction and managing PBL in heritage and mixed classes. Working in small groups, participants will consider how to apply the proposed principles and strategies in their own teaching and adapt projects for a range of proficiency levels and teaching contexts.

This Professional Development Opportunity is sponsored by:

ESL & Bilingual Education Department

Champaign CUSD #4


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