As I mentioned in a previous post, there is currently a gap in materials and methodologies for teaching Heritage Language Learners. It is widely acknowledged that HLL’s have needs that differ from second language learners, but how that actually manifests itself in the classroom is not that clear. I personally think that approaches such as project-based learning, service learning, and content-based instruction would work well in HLL courses.
Here are a few resources that help guide teachers with specific types of activities that can be used with HLL’s.
Guidelines for instructional materials: http://international.ucla.edu/nhlrc/page/curriculumguidelines/materials
Scholarly article about the role of grammar: https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2015Report/Chapter%2011.pdf
Workshop handout about adapting and creating materials: https://www.coerll.utexas.edu/coerll/sites/coerll.utexas.edu.coerll/files/coerll_heritagespanish-wkshp-2016_handouts.pdf
Mike Peto’s blog: https://mygenerationofpolyglots.com/heritage-speakers/
Strategies for teaching HLL’s from the Ohio DOE: https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Foreign-Language/World-Languages-Model-Curriculum/World-Languages-Model-Curriculum-Framework/Instructional-Strategies/Assessment/Heritage-learners_june6_2017.pdf.aspx
Links to lessons and units: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/activities/ and https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/textbooks/
Some teaching units: http://cf.linnbenton.edu/artcom/foreign_language/casasm/web.cfm?PgID=9730
Spanish Language Arts Curriculum Guide from NYC: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/CF6EDD53-9581-44FF-B390-8F5AEA5461F7/0/SNLACGFinal092413_khFINAL.pdf
Teacher’s case study of teaching HLL course: http://schd.ws/hosted_files/tfla2016annualconference/93/A%20Different%20Approach%20to%20our%20Heritage%20Students.pdf
List of texbooks for HLL’s: https://heritagespanish.coerll.utexas.edu/resources/textbooks/
Adventures in heritage teaching: https://adventuresinheritageteaching.com/
A couple of Facebook groups for teachers: