University of Chicago Heritage Language Summit

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

1pm-5:30pm Central

Online, via Zoom

Registration

Heritage language speakers are the greatest untapped resource of language learners in the US – and they are proficient in some of the languages most essential to this country’s global initiatives. At the University of Chicago we have been working hard to reach out to our heritage speakers – through placement testing, surveys, and with innovative course design and assessment. Please join us for a Heritage Language Summit as we share our efforts and what we have learned, and begin to explore a vision for moving ahead.

Our opening guest speaker will be Dr. Joy Kreeft Peyton, Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics, founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, and President of the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools. We will also have a presentation from members of Yale University’s Heritage Meets Heritage program, which brings heritage learners together across languages. Three additional sessions will focus on issues and developments within the University of Chicago context. We look forward to hearing about experiences from other institutions.

**Some sessions may be recorded, but we encourage you to attend live if possible.**

Agenda

1:00-1:15 – Welcome and Overview

  • Catherine Baumann, Director, University of Chicago Language Center

1:15-2:00 – Opening Keynote: “Why Do I Care About this Language? Opportunities for Creating and Sustaining Language Engagement”

  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics

2:00-2:30 – Heritage learner data at the University of Chicago

  • Lidwina van den Hout, Instructional Professor, Spanish, & Coordinator, Heritage Programs in the College

2:30-2:45 – Break

2:45-3:30 – Panel on Innovative Course Design at UChicago

  • Nick Swinehart, Multimedia Pedagogy Specialist, University of Chicago Language Center
  • Shan Xiang, Associate Instructional Professor, Chinese
  • Maria Iakubovich, Lecturer, Russian

3:30-4:15 – Panel on Curriculur Issues and Challenges at UChicago

  • Mandira Bhaduri, Associate Instructional Professor for Bangla
  • Noha Forster, Associate Senior Instructional Professor, Director of the Arabic Language Program
  • Ana Lima, Senior Instructional Professor, Director of the Portuguese Language Program

4:15-4:30 – Break

4:30-5:00 – Yale University’s Heritage Meets Heritage Initiative

  • Sybil Alexandrov, Senior Lecturer II of Spanish
  • Angela Lee-Smith, Senior Lecturer II of Korean

5:00-5:30 – Final remarks, opportunities, visions, plans

  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Christopher Wild, Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division, University of Chicago

Dr. Joy Kreeft Peyton

Dr. Joy PeytonJoy Kreeft Peyton, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and the President of the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools. She has been working on issues of heritage language and mother tongue education for many years. She was a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, hosted at CAL. She is co-editor of Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource and Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy. She has worked in Ethiopia, Nepal, and The Gambia (on projects funded by USAID and the World Bank) to develop educational materials, including leveled readers, in children’s mother tongues, for individual and group reading.

She has over 35 years of experience working in the field of languages, linguistics, and culture in education. Her work includes working with teachers and program leaders in K-12 and adult education settings to improve their instructional practice and study the implementation and outcomes of research-based practice, including implementing and studying approaches to writing that facilitate engagement and learning and promote academic and professional success. She is a Senior Advisor for the EU-SPEAK project (Newcastle University), whose mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers of adult immigrants who have limited education and literacy in their native language (LESLLA adults).