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1 STARTALK/NHLRC Heritage Language High School Classes Summer 2012 July 19,

2 While Observing TIMEACTIVITY (describe the activity and indicate the type: a drill, role-play, task or other) Skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening) and sub-skills (phonetics, intonation, grammar, vocabulary) practiced Comments :15 Example. Instructor shows street signs and students read and ask/answer questions/translate Speaking, listening, vocabulary development Most SS were eager to talk, but some didn’t participate… 2

3 Discussion Questions 1. What are the lesson’s objectives? Are they specific to HLL’s needs? 2. Which activities work best to meet the objectives? 3. How much English and HL is used in class (apprx. %): a) by the instructor; b) by the students? 4. If multimedia is used in class (video, audio, power point), is it integrated well with the lesson? 5. What elements of instruction are specifically designed or well suited to teaching HLLs? 6. How does the instructor deal with learner variation? 3

4 About STARTALK STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). It seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the US. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning and teaching FLs by offering students and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development… 4

5 Funding Persian and Russian – funded by STARTALK The others – NHLRC/UCLA funding 5

6 Languages and Instructors Armenian Arabic Hindi/Urdu Persian Russian 6

7 Total Hours 5-week course 52.5 hours (3 times a week; 3 hours a day; outside-of-class activities) 7

8 ACTFL/ILR Proficiency Ratings American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Novice Intermediate

9 To Admit Students Linguistic biographies: 1.Where were you born? 2.How often do you speak your HL? 3.Whom do you speak it to? 4.How do you rate yourself (the four skills)? 9

10 Rethinking the curriculum Stressing vocabulary development Targeting certain grammatical areas Focusing on pragmatics Being cognizant of relearning effect Keeping in mind HL specific motivations Understanding the differences between - HL home language and Full L1 10

11 Psycholinguistic Factors Relearning even something that seems to have been completely forgotten takes much less time than learning for the first time. If childhood heritage language speakers seem to have forgotten their childhood language … they may still be able to access it once again if they try to relearn the language. T. Au Salvaging Heritage Language in D. Brinton, O. Kagan, S. Bauckus (ed.) Heritage Language Education: A new field emerging. Routledge,

12 The Five “FROM-TO” Principles aural > to reading spoken > to written home-based register > general/academic everyday activities > in-class activities motivation & identity > content 12

13 Russian: the goals 18 students total To improve students’ literacy skills in the heritage language; to expand their vocabulary; to introduce them into the world of youth culture in Russia; to teach them the basics of oral and written etiquette. 13

14 Russian: Today’s Class “Rules of Etiquette” develop their listening skills; learn new vocabulary; learn Dos & Don’ts of communication; practice writing s in Russian in different registers. 14

15 Russian: Aspects of Teaching Heritage specific: different registers; building up on their previous knowledge. Similar to L2 teaching: Intermediate level (ACTFL guidelines) 15

16 Hindi/Urdu: Goals of the Class Students will… Develop their oral proficiency in Hindi-Urdu Develop verbal proficiency in Hindi-Urdu Gain literacy skills in both Hindi and Urdu Further develop understanding of their heritage South Asian and South Asian- American culture

17 Hindi/Urdu: Theme and Objectives of Today’s Lesson Overall Theme: You are cordially invited to a family wedding in South Asia! It’s time to travel there and immerse yourself in your Heritage language, culture, customs, and family as you explore South Asia. You will be able to read and write Devanagari and Nastaliq scripts as well as communicate colloquially in Hindi-Urdu. Be prepared for an exciting trip! This Week’s Theme: Celebrating the rituals and customs of a South Asian wedding

18 Hindi/Urdu: Theme and Objectives of Today’s Lesson Students will be able to… Read and comprehend short narratives in Hindi script Demonstrate ability to use the “ne” construction appropriately with verbs in the past tense Use verbs appropriately in various tenses Demonstrate understanding of common verbs Further develop ability to read and write basic Urdu script (words and short sentences)

19 Hindi/Urdu: Heritage-Specific Build on knowledge students already have Focus on improving reading and writing skills, vocabulary, and speaking skills for more formal discussions Authentic texts rich in cultural content that is meaningful to students –Support and boost intellectual curiosity –Encourage enjoyment and true valuing of the language students been hearing/speaking since childhood

20 Persian 20

21 Arabic: Goals Vocabulary: Unit 1: Greetings, likes/dislikes, favorites, adjectives, Unit 2: Food items, healthy eating, cooking, family, Unit 3: Names of countries, nationalities, games Grammar: Unit 1: Arabic alphabet, Hazma, Alif Maqsura, Diacritical marks, Tanween, Feminine marker, moon and sun letters Unit 2: Verbal conjugations, pronouns Unit 3: Nisba adjectives, numbers, superlative/comparative Culture: Unit 1: Text speak, Arabic naming practices; Unit 2: Eating/hosting, traditional foods, family size, Unit 3: Contemporary/ historical figures, clothing, tourist attractions, games 21

22 Arabic: Today’s Lesson Theme: Traditional Games from the Arab World Objectives: –Interpret game instructions –Count in Arabic –Play traditional games –Teach others how to play traditional games –Correctly use command verb form 22

23 Arabic: Why is this suitable for HLL? Builds on what they know Takes advantage of their elevated listening comprehension skills Pushes them to speak in the target language for real world purposes Enjoyable/ fun Many students play/ have seen their parents play/ have heard of these games 23

24 Armenian Diversity of student body Goals of the class –Literacy –Varying degrees of improvement –Raising awareness of the skills they already have –Instill a sense of pride and joy in using Armenian 24

25 Armenian: Today’s Lesson –Theme = Food –Objectives Expand students' vocabulary on food items Learn about culturally authentic ways of hosting and preparing food 25

26 Armenian: Heritage Specific Heritage specific class –Use of TL for instruction –High level comprehension and oral tasks –Use of differentiated instructions –Incorporation of complex cultural components 26


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