Upcoming events

    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Attending to the Needs of Heritage Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms


    Maria M. Carreira, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literatures and Spanish Program Director
    California State University, Long Beach
    Co-director, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA

    Research by the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) shows that more often than not, HL learners study their home language in the context of mixed classes, that is, classes with second language learners (L2 learners) and HL learners. Yet, most of the work on HL teaching has focused on specialized HL classes, to the neglect of mixed classes. Addressing this gap, this workshop presents some foundational principles behind teaching mixed classes and offers hands-on practice with specialized tools and strategies for this context. To navigate the attendant challenges of mixed classes, it is important (1) to understand the ways in which HL learners differ from each other, as well as from L2 learners, and (2) to employ teaching strategies that effectively respond to those differences. This presentation will offer an overview to both domains of knowledge. Regarding the first, it will examine HL learners' needs as a function of their live experiences and other circumstances. Regarding the second, it will present a model of differentiated instruction specifically designed for mixed classes that is informed by emerging research, as well as practice. Participants will engage in practice activities for assessment, differentiation, curriculum design for mixed classes.

    Maria Carreira is a professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA. Her research focuses on U.S. Spanish and heritage language pedagogy. She is a co-author of five Spanish textbooks published by Cengage and a book about U.S. Latinos (Voces: Latino Students on Life in the United States, Praeger, 2014). Her most recent book publication is a co-edited book with Olga Kagan and Claire Chik on heritage language teaching around the world. With her colleagues at UCLA and with a grant from STARTALK, Professor Carreira is currently developing an online certificate on HL teaching.

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903




    Making an IMPACT with Languages from Classroom to Community to Career

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    8:00 AM-3:30 PM

    Hosted by

    Providence Public School Department at Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA)

    41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903

    Keynote Speaker:

    Joshua Cabral

    World Language Classroom

    Joshua Cabral has a BA in French and an MA in Applied Linguistics, specializing in psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. He has been teaching French and Spanish at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 20 years and regularly presents workshops on language proficiency and cultural competence at state, regional and national conferences. He also works with schools and districts as they work toward building proficiency-based language programs. Joshua is passionate about access to education in developing countries and works closely with schools in Haiti and Nicaragua where he often travels to work with teachers and students.

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    Call for Sponsors/Exhibitors


    Join us also for our Pre-Conference Workshop: Attending to the Needs of Heritage Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 from 4-7 PM with Prof. Maria Carreira from the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at UCLA. We are fortunate to have Maria join us. Don't miss this unique opportunity! Register for both events with one click on the Fall Conference registration page!


    Conference Agenda

    8:00-8:30 am Registration, Exhibits, & Coffee 

    8:30-9:20 am Opening Session: 

    Welcoming Remarks and Keynote

    9:30-10:30 am Concurrent Sessions I

    10:30-11:00 am Exhibits and Networking

    11:00- 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions II

    12:00-1:20 pm Exhibits and Networking Lunch 

    1:20-2:20 pm Concurrent Sessions III

    2:30-3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions IV

    3:30pm Distribution of Certificate of Attendance*

    *7.5 hours of Professional Development will be awarded to all participants at the end of the day. There will be no partial hours distributed.

    Members of other state language organizations are welcome to attend at the member rate. Please contact RIFLA for a special registration code.

    **Organizations/Departments that wish to register and pay for multiple individual registrations may now do so online! To register multiple attendees, return to the event registration page after confirming each registration but before paying. 

    ***If you prefer to pay by mail, please mail a check along with your name, organization, address, phone number, and email to RIFLA 2017 Fall Conference, PO Box 200, Peace Dale, RI 02883.

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