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LRC Speaker Series presents, Kim Potowski

Date & Time:
January 19, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CHD 420
Dr. Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Teaching Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Considerations 


This talk covers important issues related to teaching language courses to heritage speakers, addressing questions such as these: What are their linguistic, affective, and academic characteristics?  What makes them different from foreign language learners?  What placement procedures, instructional approaches, and materials are most appropriate in working with heritage speakers?  There will be particular focus on Spanish language teaching, but includes examples from several heritage languages taught in the U.S.


Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Hispanic & Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also holds appointments in Latin American and Latino Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, and an affiliation with the Social Justice Initiative. She directs the Spanish for Heritage Speakers program and is the founding director of the heritage speaker study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has authored and edited books including IntraLatino language and identity: MexiRican Spanish (John Benjamins 2016),  El español de los Estados Unidos (2015), Heritage language teaching: Research and practice (2014) and Language diversity in the USA (2011) as well as a heritage Spanish textbook Conversaciones escritas (2nd edition 2017).