First Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education planned May 4 at UMass Dartmouth

The First Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area. Parking is in lot 13.

The First Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area. Parking is in lot 13. 
Sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Center for Portuguese Studies, the conference will be dedicated to the topic, Heritage Language Education: Challenges and Opportunities, and geared toward K-12 Portuguese language teachers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The role of heritage learners, in classrooms is a growing issue within the field of foreign language education in the United States. Educators must take into account the particular needs of students raised in homes and communities where a non-English language is spoken, who possess some degree of proficiency in the language of their ethnic heritage.
 
The event will feature a two-hour presentation and workshop by Professor John B. Webb, director of the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University and editor of Teaching Heritage Language Learners: Voices from the Classroom, published by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
 
The second featured speaker is Elmano Costa, associate professor of teacher education at California State University, Stanislaus, and one of the founders of Portuguese Education Foundation of Central California. His lecture topic will be, Portuguese Language Programs in California: A Decade of Transition.
 
The program will also include two roundtable sessions of Voices from the Classroom. During these discussions, Portuguese language teachers from the region will share their experiences and insights pertaining to the conference’s theme.
 
For more information or to register, contact Associate Professor of Portuguese Anna Klobucka at (508) 999-8241 or aklobucka@umassd.edu.

 


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