2019 Heritage Language Symposium


University of Washington
Mary Gates Hall 241
Seattle, WA


Global Seal of Biliteracy Reception
Sponsored by https://www.globalsealofbiliteracy.net/
4:00-6:00 pm with light refreshments
University of Washington Mary Gates Hall Atrium (main floor)

The UW STARTALK program invites you to join language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state for our sixth STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners. This year we are pleased to feature a variety of presentations and languages.

Sponsoring organizations

University of Washington:
STARTALK Program, Language Learning Center, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Center for Global Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Center for Spanish Heritage Learning

Additional Agencies and Organizations:

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction World Languages Program, One America, One City Project, One World Now, Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), National Heritage Language Resource Center

Symposium Agenda


Welcome by the UW STARTALK Team


Getting to Advanced: Challenging High School Heritage Language Learners to Step Outside Their Comfort Zone

(UW STARTALK Team: Dr. Eduardo Viana Da Silva, Dr. Svetlana Abramova, Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, Dr. Bridget Yaden)


Opportunities for Learning in Mixed Heritage/Second Language Classrooms

(Dr. Ana Fernández Dobao, Associate Professor, Spanish; Language Program Director, at the UW)


Keynote: New perspectives on the “incomplete acquisition” debate in heritage language bilingualism

In this presentation, I examine the use of the term ‘incomplete acquisition’ and the controversy it has generated in recent years (cf. Pascual y Cabo & Rothman, 2012; Kupisch & Rothman, 2016; Silva-Corvalán, 2018). Although the matter is a question of terminology, the debate reflects a very real dilemma in how to describe and ultimately explain heritage speakers’ language abilities. Are heritage speakers like native speakers in some ways and different in others? Is it fair to expect heritage speakers to wind up with grammars like native monolinguals? To shed light on these questions, I examine the original use of the term ‘incomplete acquisition’, the critiques against it, and the most recent line of argumentation to defend it. I will conclude by presenting my own research on innovation/creativity in Spanish, which suggests that ‘incompleteness’ is not the only outcome of heritage language acquisition.

Presentation | Handout

Lunch (on your own)


Update on Projects from the UW Center for Spanish Heritage Learning

(María Gillman, Principal Lecturer, Spanish; Department Director of Experiential Learning and The Center for Spanish Heritage Learning at the UW)

Interactive Panel with Heritage Language Learners and Teachers

What does the Seal of Biliteracy Mean to Heritage Language Learners?

(Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, Paris Granville and Linda Egnatz from the Global Seal of Biliteracy)

State Seal Presentation | State Seal Handout | State Seal Flyer | Global Seal Presentation | Global Seal Handout

Global Seal of Biliteracy Reception

Testimonial from Global Seal Recipient

Photos from the 2019 Heritage Language Symposium and Global Seal of Biliteracy Reception

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