Heritage Meets Heritage at ACTFL 2016

Students from Korean, Greek, Russian and Spanish talk about their heritage language experience.

Students from Korean, Greek, Russian and Spanish talk about their heritage language experience.

The Heritage Meets Heritage project made its off-campus debut at a round-table discussion at ACTFL 2016.  This project, a study of identity, motivation and inter-language relationships among heritage speakers of Greek, Korean, Russian and Spanish, has been an adventure in learning for all involved.  Having students articulate and share their thoughts on aspects of their heritage experience allows us, as instructors, to reach a better understanding of the HL affective filter, but more importantly, it gives students a sense of belonging, a place in the greater HL community.  Our trial-run at ACTFL has been very useful in shaping the future of this project.

I am grateful to my colleagues, Maria Kaliambou, Angela Lee-Smith and Julia Titus for their willingness to embark on this journey before the ship was built and for their valuable contributions, which allowed us to set sail.  I look forward to having other colleagues join us next semester for the next iteration of Heritage Meets Heritage!

Heritage Meets Heritage on the red carpet!

Heritage Meets Heritage on the red carpet!

  3 comments for “Heritage Meets Heritage at ACTFL 2016

  1. Julia Titus
    December 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Dear Sybil, thank you so much for creating this wonderful project bringing our students together and having meaningful and illuminating conversations about heritage language issues across languages. I learned so much and I look forward to another fruitful year of our collaboration.

  2. Angela Lee-Smith
    December 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    As emphasized in Scalera (2004) and Polinsky and Kagan (2007), our students’ pre-acquired HL and cultural competencies are a “treasure/national resource” and should be recognized, honored, and enriched. Unfortunately, however, heritage learners themselves are not fully aware of such valuable potential and talents as language learners. In this regard, teaching heritage learners how to become aware of and support each other in their own HL learning—peer support channel and community can help them embrace their HL identity and accelerate their learning progress.

    Please join our Heritage Languages Table in Spring!

  3. Maria Kaliambou
    December 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    It was a great conference, and a great start for our “Heritage Meets Heritage” project. I learned a lot and am inspired to move on to the next steps. My heartfelt thanks to Sybil, Angela, and Julia! You are a great team!

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