International & Heritage Languages Association


Upcoming Fall Conference: Save the Date!











 
Community-Based Heritage Language Schools:
Promoting Collaboration and Advocacy Among Educators, Families, and Researchers


Date:                            Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location:                     American University, Washington DC
                         
Language communities across the United States have well-established schools and programs that teach a wide variety of heritage languages. These programs face similar challenges -- maintaining sustainable funding levels, involving families fully and effectively in the language development enterprise, finding and supporting effective teachers, developing curriculum and materials that engage students and promote learning, and receiving recognition of students’ learning and proficiency from the formal public and private education community.
 
Our goal to connect community-based language schools and to discuss and address common challenges together has been the vision of our conferences at American University since we started in 2014, and they have been very successful.
 
This year’s conference will bring together language leaders, language advocates, and program administrators involved in community-based language schools, along with language researchers and educators in other bilingual programs, to explore ways to keep addressing these issues together.  
 
The conference will feature presentations by leaders in the field of heritage language education who will share best practices and lead discussions to help us collaboratively seek effective solutions to common challenges.
 
We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Dr. Guadalupe Valdes, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University, Graduate School of Education. Her research explores many of the issues of bilingualism relevant to teachers in training, including methods of instruction, typologies, measurement of progress, and the role of education in national policies on immigration. She has been a leader in heritage language and multilingual education, and is one of the most eminent experts on Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States.
 
This conference serves as a powerful venue for building strong partnerships in which community-based language schools work in collaboration with each other and with parents; public, private, and charter school programs; universities; and language organizations to advance the goal of supporting the rich heritage language resources in our country.
 
Registratio n will begin in June, 2017. 

 

Organized by the AU School of Education and AU TESOL Program
Co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics
 

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