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Community-based Curriculum Development
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Presentation on Community-based Curriculum Development Projects for Spanish and Indonesian.

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Heritage Language Learners as Language Learners: A Quest for Theory
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The panel discussion was held at the 2008 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 1. The panel sought to answer the following questions: 1. Are there theoretical models that could adequately explain heritage language acquisition? 2. Which models can inform curriculum development for heritage learners? 3. What is the role of formal instruction in developing heritage learners' language competencies? While the questions were not answered directly, the panelists shed light on the theoretical foundation of teaching and learning heritage languages. Their presentations are posted on this site

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Curriculum Template, Armenian for Armenian Speakers
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In this five week program high school students of Armenian heritage will improve their comprehension, oral proficiency, and gain literacy skills in Eastern Armenian. Students will learn the Armenian alphabet, read and write simple texts in Armenian, increase their vocabulary in the target language. Class materials will be authentic content that is meaningful to them, age appropriate, and intellectually engaging. Content is thematically designed to increase students’ knowledge about Armenian culture and society.

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