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Curriculum Template, Persian for Persian Speakers


The template was prepared for a UCLA Persian for Persian Speakers class, held in summer, 2010 for high school heritage speakers. The class was supported by a Startalk grant. Target proficiency level: novice - intermediate.

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Demographic Tools for Heritage Language Instructors


A list of several sources to help with finding and collecting data on immigrant communities and languages spoken.

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Heritage Language Learners as Language Learners: A Quest for Theory


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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