2018 HERITAGE LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM


Heritage Language Symposium
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Washington Mary Gates Hall 241

Heritage Language Symposium Flyer (PDF)

The UW STARTALK program invites you to join language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state for our third UW STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners. This year we are again pleased to feature Dr. Maria Carreira, a national expert on heritage language teaching and learning from the California State University, Long Beach. The focus this year will be on Project-Based Learning in the context of working with Heritage Language Learners (and Dual Language Immersion Learners).

Project-based learning aims to engage students in tasks that require them to explore, investigate, create and, sometimes, respond to complex questions, solve problems, or meet challenges. Such projects involve important cognitive, linguistic, critical thinking, and social skills. For these reasons, this teaching-learning method suits the needs of heritage language learners at all levels as it fosters: the use of the language (and its different registers); the development of written heritage language skills; language and cultural awareness; and potential connections and involvement with the heritage community.

Sponsoring organizations

University of Washington:
STARTALK Program, Language Learning Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Center for Global Studies, Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for West European Studies, Center for Heritage Learning.

Additional Agencies and Organizations:
Avant Assessment, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction World Languages Program, One America, One City Project, One World Now, Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT).

Educators workshop Dr. Maria Carreira Students Students Students Students

Symposium Agenda (Draft)

8:30-9:00 Morning refreshments (provided)

9:00-12:00 Session 1:
Project-based learning and the teaching of heritage languages:
Presenter: Dr. Maria Carreira from the California State University Long Beach


12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided) & Resource Fair

1:00-4:00 Session 2:
Putting it into practice:

  • Experiences from the UW STARTALK Summer Student Programs for Russian Heritage Language Learners, Portuguese HLLs, and Spanish HLLs learning Portuguese
  • Additional examples shared by language teachers in Washington
  • Dialogue with Dr. Carreira on moving from projects to Project-Based Language Learning

Highlights from the 2015 Heritage Language Symposium at the UW

Cost: Free, plus 6 free clock hours available from WAFLT (3 for the morning session and 3 for the afternoon session)

Registration Information:
You may register for the full-day workshop, morning, or afternoon. Please complete the online registration form below:




sponsored by

REECAS Jackson School OSPI Avant

University of Washington Language Learning Center Seattle, WA 98195-4340    Phone:(206) 543-0536     Email: startalk@uw.edu