Teaching heritage language learners: voices from the classroom
John B. Webb, Barbara L. Miller
Teaching Heritage Language Learners: Voices from the Classroom is a groundbreaking volume that offers a guide for language teachers, school administrators & support personnel that will enable them to work more effectively with the growing population of heritage language learners in the nation's schools. Written by & for teachers, this book provides an overview of the research on heritage language education, proposes fundamental teacher beliefs & goals for curriculum & instruction that will enhance teaching & learning, presents framework that educators can use to acquire essential information about their heritage language students, explores the issue of standards for heritage language classes & describes a learning environment in which the diverse range of learner needs can be addressed. The book is further enriched by the presentation & discussion of classroom research of successful teaching strategies, related stories written by teachers about their experiences working with their students & retrospectives from adult heritage language learners looking back at their youth & schooling. It can serve as a valuable companion for staff development & college level courses on language teaching methodology & informative for anyone interested in the teaching of languages other than English.