UBC Heritage Language Teaching Workshop 2021

UBC Heritage Language Teaching Workshop 2021

AUG 19-20 14:30 – 17:30 PDT   |   AUG 20-21 05:30 – 08:30 HKT


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Session 1:

Vancouver Time: 19 August 2021 (Thursday) 14:30 – 17:30

Hong Kong Time: 20 August 2021 (Friday) 05:30 – 08:30

Session 2:

Vancouver Time: 20 August 2021 (Friday) 14:30 – 17:30

Hong Kong Time: 21 August 2021 (Saturday) 05:30 – 08:30


Invited Speakers

Sunil Kumar BHATT (Hindi-Urdu)
Luisa CANUTO (Italian)
Hessam DEHGHANI (Persian)
Joash GAMBARAGE (Swahili)
Florian GASSNER (German)
Zoe LAM (Cantonese)
Li-Jung LEE (Mandarin)
Jason LIEBLANG (German)
Gurinderpal MANN (Punjabi)
Brianne Orr-ÁLVAREZ (Spanish)
Jeonghye SON (Korean)
Hsiang-Ning WANG (Mandarin)
Ayaka YOSHIMIZU (Indigeneity)

Presentation Schedule

(Pacific Daylight Time UTC -7)

DAY 1 – Curriculum and Pedagogy
Time Event Presenter Title
2:30-2:40pm Welcome
2:40-3:30pm Keynote Talk Duanduan LI & Patsy DUFF Theory, curriculum, and pedagogy in teaching Chinese as a heritage language
3:30-3:40pm Break
3:40-3:50pm Flash talk Li-jung LEE How to empower students and promoted differentiated learning for learner autonomy in an intermediate Chinese heritage classroom?
3:50-4:00pm Flash talk Zoe LAM Enhancing heritage learners’ autonomy through curriculum and assessment
4:00-4:10pm Flash talk Jeonghye SON Are they water and oil?: Heritage and non-heritage learners in a mixed class
4:10-4:30pm General Discussion
4:30-4:40pm Break
4:40-4:50pm Flash talk Gurinderpal MANN The importance of diverse interactive teaching methods in language learning
4:50-5:00pm Flash talk Joash GAMBARAGE Using “grammar songs” as an innovative way of teaching Swahili
5:00-5:10pm Flash talk Florian GASSNER Notebooks and equitable assessment in heritage language teaching
5:10-5:30pm General Discussion
5:30-5:40pm Day 1 wrap-up
DAY 2 – Culture and Identity
Time Event Presenter Title
2:30-3:20pm Keynote talk Bonny NORTON & Asma AFREEN Imagined identities, Bangla heritage language learning, and the Global Storybooks project
3:20-3:30pm Break
3:30-3:40pm Flash talk Sunil Kumar BHATT Fluidity in the term “heritage” for Hindi-Urdu as a second/foreign language
3:40-3:50pm Flash talk Brianne Orr-ÁLVAREZ From the chifa to the corneta China: Navigating Latinasian identity and culture in Spanish language and culture courses at UBC
3:50-4:00pm Flash talk Hsiang-ning Sunnie WANG Win-win community building and collaboration for Chinese heritage students and the Chinese Language Program
4:00-4:20pm General Discussion
4:20-4:30pm Break
4:30-4:40pm Flash talk Hessam DEHGHANI Learning literacy in Persian in a culturally immersed context
4:40-4:50pm Flash talk Luisa CANUTO Alternative assignments to build on heritage learners’ bicultural strengths
4:50-5:00pm Flash talk Ayaka YOSHIMIZU Decolonizing heritage and identity: Exploring Asian-Indigenous relationality with international students from Japan
5:00-5:20pm General Discussion
5:20-5:30pm Day 2 wrap-up

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Duanduan Li

Dr. Duanduan Li

Dr. Duanduan Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Applied Linguistics in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and former Director (2003-2012) of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. Her research interests concern the teaching and learning of Chinese as both a heritage and non-heritage language, the design of appropriate curriculum and materials for postsecondary Chinese instruction, and pragmatic language socialization in both English and Chinese. Her current research focus is on multilingualism, language policy, language ideology and second/additional language acquisition. Her research has been published as journal articles, book chapters and textbooks.




Dr. Patricia Duff

Dr. Patricia Duff is a Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her main academic interests are related to: language socialization in multilingual contexts across the lifespan; academic discourse socialization; qualitative research methods in applied linguistics and education; issues surrounding the teaching, learning, use, and media/textbook representations of English and Chinese as global languages; and sociocultural approaches to teaching and learning in transnational, multilingual contexts. Her publications have appeared in such journals as Applied Linguistics, Canadian Modern Language Review, Global Chinese, Modern Language Journal, System, and TESOL Quarterly, and in many peer-reviewed books.




Dr. Bonny Norton, FRSC

Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC) is a University Killam Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC. Her primary research interests are identity and language learning, critical literacy, and international development. Recent publications include a 2021 article on investment and motivation (Language Teaching), a 2017 special issue on language teacher identity (MLJ), and a 2015 article on identity and a model of investment (ARAL). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Educational Research Association, she was the 2020 BC Academic of the Year for her work on the Global Storybooks project.




Asma Afreen

Asma Afreen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. Her research addresses identity, multilingualism, and multimodality, with a focus on Bangla heritage language learning. She is a Global Storybooks team member and helped develop Storybooks Bangladesh, a free online literacy resource for learners of Bangla. Her work has been published in The Globe & Mail.