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Understanding Heritage and Domestic Language Learners

Karen E. Johnson & Joan Kelly Hall, Penn State
Publication Type: 
Online (Website)

Johnson, K. E., & Hall, J. K. (2010). Understanding heritage and domestic language learners. University Park, PA. CALPER Publications.

Understanding Heritage and Domestic Language Learners combines case-based learning with multimedia technology. It is organized around six conceptual strands:

- Descriptions of learners' backgrounds and prior experiences
- Perceptions of heritage/domestic definitions and distinctions
- Motivation for language study
- Perspectives on their strengths/weaknesses as language learners
- Descriptions of learners' plans for the future
- Explorations

The resource provides a window into actual language classrooms, showcasing the complexities of addressing the needs of both heritage and domestic learners in the same language classroom.

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