2020 Heritage Language Symposium


University of Washington
Mary Gates Hall 241
Seattle, WA


  • No cost to attend
  • + 6 Free Clock Hours for WAFLT members

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.

We are very excited to bring a new keynote speaker this year:


Anke al-Bataineh, PhD  |  نهى" انكا البطاينة"  |  Անգը Պադայնէ

Chair, MA Program in Language Education, WGU
Instructor, Student-Centered Applied Linguistics, INALCO

Anke had an amazing presentation at the ACTFL Conference in November on "Strategies to Support Immersion Project-Based Language Learning for Heritage Learners" that she’ll be sharing with us at our symposium. She also has valuable insights into working with endangered languages, so this year’s symposium will have an expanded focus on indigenous languages.

Symposium Agenda & Handouts/Slides

* Agenda subject to change


Welcome to the UW

Dr. Paul Aoki and Dr. Russell Hugo, UW Language Learning Center


Highlights from Five Years of UW STARTALK Heritage Language Symposia

Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki UW STARTALK Team


State Initiatives Impacting Heritage Language Learners: Dual Language Grants and State Seal of Biliteracy

Patty Finnegan and Angela Dávila, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Slides (Finnegan) | Slides (Dávila)



KEYNOTE: Strategies to Support Immersion Project-Based Language Learning for Heritage Learners

Dr. Anke al-Bataineh, Chair, MA Program in Language Education, WGU

Handouts and Presentation Slides:
Handout | Slides

Lunch on your own


Welcome back and Q&A


Empowering Heritage Language Communities with the Global Seal of Biliteracy

Linda Egnatz, Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy, and Angela Hasheva, Founder and President of the Bulgarian School of Seattle; founder and president of the Association of Bulgarian schools in America (ABSA)

Slides (Egnatz)

Speak Your Language Campaign!

Nimco Bulale, One America




Projects from UW STARTALK and UW Center for Heritage Learning

Dr. Svetlana Abramova, Alexey Kuznetsov, Larisa Shuvalova, Dr. Eduardo Viana Da Silva, Maria Gillman, and panel of students of Spanish, speakers of Indigenous languages in Latin America
Panel with Indigineous Students at the UW:
Elsa Vásquez (Mixteco) - Junior, American Ethnic Studies
Karol Janet Cruz Escamilla (Yucatec Maya - Mayaʼ tʼàan) - Senior,
Education, Communities and Organizations
Nancy Mendoza Ruiz (Mixteco) - Junior, American Ethnic Studies

Video (Panel) | Slides (Gillman) | Slides (Viana da Silva) | Slides (Kuznetsov)

Clock Hours and Next Steps

Other Handouts

Speak Your Languages: Handout

Tell Infographics: Learning Targets | Performance Assessments | Checking for Understanding | Target Language | Enpowering Language Use | Engagement

STARTALK Principles: Packet

Photos from the 2020 Heritage Language Symposium

Sponsoring organizations

University of Washington:
Center for Global Studies | Jackson School of International Studies | Language Learning Center | STARTALK Program

Additional Agencies and Organizations:
Avant Assessment | Association of Bulgarian Schools in America (ABSA) | Global Seal of Biliteracy | One America | One City | One World Now | Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) | Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

sponsored by
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