2021 Virtual Conferences

Research on patterns of interaction between HL – L2 learners and pedagogies for accompanying learners’ linguistic and affective needs

Spanish lecturer Raquel Mattson-Prieto presented at The American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Conference (March 2021), and the 8th National Symposium of Spanish as a Heritage Language, sponsored by The Graduate Center, CUNY (May 2021). Both presentations form part of an upcoming co-authored project on peer interaction in intermediate-level Spanish language classes, and the interactional discourses produced by heritage learner (HL) and second language learner (L2) pairs working together on written and oral tasks.

Dr. Mattson-Prieto also co-chaired a roundtable session entitled “Closing the Instructional Gap in Spanish Classes that Enroll Heritage and L2 Learners” at The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) on March 12th, 2021. In this panel presenters shared best teaching practices for mixed (HL-L2) Spanish classrooms, research initiatives that support differentiated instruction, and initiatives to create specialized HL courses in the U.S. and abroad.

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