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Getting to Know Your Heritage Language Learners: Basic Sociolinguistic Concepts

Presenter:  Dr. Carolina Bustamante

Date & Time:  Monday, April 24th, 2023, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

1 hour of CTLE credit offered

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next webinar in its 2023 Professional Learning Series - Getting to Know Your Heritage Language Learners: Basic Sociolinguistic Concepts.  This webinar is offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Webinar description:  In this session, participants will identify the differences between native, heritage, and second language speakers in terms of proficiency and their pedagogical needs as language learners. Participants will learn about language dialect, register, standard, Spanglish and its characteristics, and why it is important for teachers to be aware of sociolinguistic considerations in order to better advocate for heritage learners in world language programs.

Registration process:  All participants are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Pre-registration will close on April 21st, 2023; there will be no same-day registrations.  Once the registrant's email address has been verified as being from a New York State school, college, or university, an email confirming their registration will be sent.  Twenty-four hours prior to the event, all registered individuals will receive login instructions with the link to join the webinar.  Only pre-registered attendees will be eligible for a certificate documenting attendance and/or CTLE hours. 

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Webinar presenter:  Dr. Carolina Bustamante is an associate professor of world language education and Spanish at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. She coordinates the Graduate Spanish Adolescence Education Program and teaches courses on language pedagogy for second language learners and heritage speakers, second language acquisition, and Spanish. Her published research has focused on professional development on technology for teachers of Chinese, German, and Spanish, mixed methods research, and the development of heritage speakers as language teachers.