International Education Washington

Heritage Language Learning and Teaching

You are invited to the first in a series of programs organized by the UW Early Language Learning Committee, in cooperation with the Washington State Coalition for International Education.

Monday, January 30, 2006 
Workshop 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Reception 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Registration 4:00; Program begins at 4:15

University of Washington Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall
(Link to map with Kane Hall and Driving Directions to UW.)
Note: Parking evening rate is $4 after 4 pm.
The program starts at 4:15 to allow time for parking.

3 FREE Clock Hours available from the East Asia Resource Center for teachers who register for and attend the program 4:15-7:15.

We are delighted to bring Dr. Shuhan C. Wang as our keynote speaker on January 30. Shuhan will be speaking at the morning International Education Leadership Summit in Seattle, as well. She is Supervisor for World Languages and International Education for the Department of Education in the State of Delaware. Her research interests include intergenerational transmission of heritage language and culture; heritage and foreign language education; teacher education and professional development; language policies, planning, and practices, and international education.

The second hour of the program will feature Betty Lau, ELD/ESL (English as a Second Language) Department Chair at Franklin High School in Seattle and Supervisor of the Chong Wa Benevolent Association Chinese language school programs. She is well-known for her work with Chinese heritage programs, advocacy for world languages, and coordination of summer language camps for young children. Betty will lead a panel of students and teachers from local community schools. We will also have UW students from language courses oriented to heritage speakers on the panel.


Register in Advance:  Complete the Online Registration Form.
There is no cost to register, but we invite you to make a donation of $10 at the program, if you are able to, to help support Early Language Learning programs.
Note: You may register for just the reception at 7 pm if you can't attend the entire program. It's a great opportunity to network and get resources.


4:00 Registration and light refreshments

4:15 Welcome by Dr. Paul K. Aoki, Director of the UW Language Learning Center, on behalf of the UW Early Language Learning Group, and Dr. Michael Shapiro, Chair of Asian Languages and Literature Department.  Brief overview of models of Early Language Learning.

4:25 Keynote Heritage Language Development: 
A Conceptual Framework (PPT) (Dr. Shuhan Wang)

5:15 Panel of Chinese Heritage Language Students and Teachers
(Betty Lau and Seattle-area Chinese language schools; UW students)

6:15 Establishing High-Quality Chinese Language Programs
A How-to Guide (PPT) (Dr. Shuhan Wang)

7:00-8:00  Reception and Resource Fair - Participants (PDF)
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Resources for this Program

If you would like to learn more about Early Language Learning, Heritage Languages, or Expanding Chinese Language capacity, we recommend that you visit these websites:

Resource # of pages
Models for Early Language Learning
Early Language Learning Program Goals
Heritage Language Learners
NCSSFL Position Statement on Heritage Language Learners (PDF format) 9/16/02
Tapping a National Resource: Heritage Languages in the United States
Heritage Languages: Tapping a "Hidden" Resource
By James Crawford 
University of California Consortium on Language Learning and Teaching > Guidelines on Heritage Language Instruction
Chinese Language Programs and Resources
Chinese Language Programs in American Schools 
Expanding Chinese Language Capacity in Washington

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Many thanks to the following UW Departments and Centers and other community organizations for providing financial and in-kind support of the Early Language Learning Symposium on November 11, 2005 and continuing programs during Winter and Spring, 2006.

University of Washington

And our community partners:

This program is funded in part by a State Innovations grant from Longview Foundation.

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