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Language Education Workshop and Lecture Series with Dr. Kim Potowski

Friday, 22 October, 2021

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The Washington University Foreign Language Learning Colloquium Speaker Series and the Saint Louis University Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures are teaming up to present a lecture and workshop series featuring Dr. Kim Potowski (Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago).

Lecture: Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4-5 pm in McDonnell Hall 162 (at Wash U)

Apples and oranges: Best approaches in working with heritage speakers

Heritage speakers frequently have characteristics that differ from those of second language learners and thus require different pedagogical approaches. This talk covers questions such as these: What are some typical linguistic, affective, and academic profiles of heritage speakers? How can we determine appropriate curricular goals, instructional approaches, and placement procedures? And what can instructors do when a separate heritage speaker course is not possible and a classroom contains a mix of “apples” and “oranges”? The goal is to best serve the linguistic and affective needs of heritage speakers.

 

Workshop: Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4-6 pm in Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall (at SLU)

Language development in dual immersion

Dual immersion schools teach in a minority language between 50-90% of the day to two groups of students: second language learners and heritage speakers of the non-English language. Research on these programs consistently finds that they result in higher levels of both English learning and academic achievement for children who are English language learners. But what about students' Spanish? This study explores the Spanish proficiency of students who studied preschool through 8th grade in two different dual immersion schools in Chicago, IL. Their speaking, writing, pragmatic ability via appropriate politeness, and accuracy on four concrete Spanish constructions revealed that students develop quite strong levels of Spanish proficiency, but there is room for improvement. A reception will follow this hands-on workshop. RSVP requested.

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