The UW STARTALK program was proud to join language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state for our third UW STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners. We were again pleased to feature Dr. Maria Carreira, a national expert on heritage language teaching and learning from the California State University, Long Beach. The focus this year was on Project-Based Learning in the context of working with Heritage Language Learners (and Dual Language Immersion Learners).
Project-based learning aims to engage students in tasks that require them to explore, investigate, create and, sometimes, respond to complex questions, solve problems, or meet challenges. Such projects involve important cognitive, linguistic, critical thinking, and social skills. For these reasons, this teaching-learning method suits the needs of heritage language learners at all levels as it fosters: the use of the language (and its different registers); the development of written heritage language skills; language and cultural awareness; and potential connections and involvement with the heritage community.