Teaching heritage learners is not the same as teaching learners of a foreign language. Heritage languages are languages other than English that are spoken in homes, communities, and extended families. Although many of our students come from vibrant multilingual contexts, unless bilingual options are available, youth seldom have access to expanding their home/community languages (and literacy in them) in schools, which are predominantly English environments. When students are given the opportunity to use, learn, and expand on their heritage languages, they are able to tap into an abundance of resources and knowledge.

Participants in this workshop will examine social justice topics, community-based learning for growing heritage language (literacy), and language arts approaches for heritage language development. Participants will collaborate; connect experiences of heritage teachers and learners to research on multilingual development; and learn how to bring communities, classrooms, and digital storytelling together to create powerful heritage language learning environments.

Target Audience: This institute is best suited to secondary to postsecondary heritage language, foreign language, indigenous, and ESL teachers.

Jenna Cushing-Leubner and Jennifer EikPresenters

Jenna Cushing-Leubner is Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and coordinator of the World and Heritage Languages Education licensure program. She has spent the last seven years working with teachers to create Spanish and Hmong heritage language classes and ESL classes that emphasize social justice, youth research, and transformative teaching. She is the creator and coordinator of a web-based certificate and additional licensure program in Heritage Language Education through UW-Whitewater.

Jennifer Eik is a licensed Spanish language and ESL teacher. She has developed and taught a multi-year high school Spanish as a Heritage Language program in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. She anchors her language teaching in intra-ethnic studies and social justice content, and focuses on developing young people who are strong in their multiple identities and backgrounds. She is a PhD student at University of Arizona.

Full Course Description: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2019/heritage.html

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