"Serving Heritage Speakers: Strategies, Resources, Teaching"
Does your institution teach language to heritage and native speakers? Does the program face challenges of proper placement and adequate resources? Are there questions regarding the appropriate teaching approach? This workshop is designed to walk participants through these demanding realities that increasingly present themselves to language departments throughout our region. Options for program and course design will be presented and discussed. Participants will discover a wealth of resources, plus teaching techniques to best harness them. Spanish will be the focus, but teachers of other heritage languages will find useful parallels.
The workshop is designed for both beginning and veteran language teachers. It will be presented in English. Participants will have an opportunity to network with teachers of other schools, to discuss the needs of their demographics, and to share ideas. The presenter will share strategies he has successfully used to develop curricula for heritage speaker classes, and demonstrate timesaving techniques, lesson plans and a comprehensive scope and sequence.
Participants will learn how to increase motivation in Spanish-speaking learners via efficient approaches that are enjoyable to students, and relevant to their lives. The many topics and lessons used during the day will create a path toward the improvement of literacy skills in the heritage language. In addition, the frequent use of content-based instruction will show how a heritage course can build bridges between language and other disciplines (e.g. science, math, art, government, etc.).
Benefits of Attending
- Gain access to a model curriculum. If you are thinking about proposing a course, the presenter will talk about his experience developing curriculum, and will share it with attendees.
- Learn from an experienced teacher. As a world language educator who has taught Spanish, Portuguese, ESL and Dutch, Leo Teixeira draws from several K-16 institutional settings, and uses widely varying materials, always with practical applications.
- Develop activities that engage heritage speakers. Experience a multitude of classroom resources as used by the presenter throughout his career.
- Maximize the language-culture connection. Teaching heritage speakers can be a daunting task, considering the wide possible range of socioeconomic, cultural and educational backgrounds of students. Learn how to make the most of this linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom, creating meaningful discussion and learning.
- Use engaging assessment techniques. Incorporate technology into your assessments, enriching them and saving time for yourself.