ACTFL Critical Conversations – Summer 2022

Happy June! I was honored to be invited to participate in an ACTFL panel last night addressing heritage language learners and classes. Much of this presentation centered around the differences between mixed classes (L2 learners AND HL learners in the same class) and dedicated HL classes. The research shows that dedicated classes are most effective for HL learners, which I am sure we all know.

Additionally, my fellow presenters and I shared some techniques and practical tips for addressing HL in both types of classes based on the needs presented in the research.

I encourage you to go to the ACTFL website and sign up to participate in this series. It is FREE! You do NOT have to be a member. I will be adding some of my materials to their bank.

Hope to see you online there!

Happy Teaching!


Author: srakspanish

I have spent 25 years in education. I have taught Spanish, ELA, Social Studies, Science and ESOL in all levels of public school, and even several years at a local community college. I am the Curriculum Director and Lead Instructional Coach for a language learning organization.

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