Virtual Q&A with Prof. Kim Potowski

Virtual Q&A with Prof. Kim Potowski

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Do you have questions about designing or supervising courses for heritage language learners? Are you interested in learning more about bilingual education or dual immersion programs? Do you need advice on getting your work published in academic journals, or how to write textbooks for second language and heritage language learners? Are you thinking of creating a proficiency test for heritage learners and need tips? Then don't miss your chance to interact with Dr. Potowski online on November 13!

This event is free and open to all language educators.

The only tech requirements are: Internet connection and Chrome as the browser. Participants can ask questions via microphone or text chat.

Here are some of the topics you could ask about or discuss:

  • Spanish in the US
  • Bilingual Education / Dual immersion programs
  • Courses for Heritage Learners
  • Raising bilingual kids
  • "Spanglish"
  • Codeswitching
  • Directing a heritage language program
  • Placement/proficiency exams for heritage learners
  • Writing textbooks 
  • Publishing in academia
  • Dialects in contact
  • Language variation
  • Linguistic social justice (i.e., what is the “right” way to say things and who benefits/suffers)


About Prof. Kim Potowski: She is Professor of Hispanic linguistics and Director of the Heritage Language Program in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a faculty affiliate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and in the Social Justice Initiative. She is the founding ​​director of the Language in Context Research Group, and she has served as Executive Editor of the journal Spanish in Context since 2009. Her work focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission, connections between language and identity, and heritage language education. Some of her recent research topics include language development in dual immersion schools, the language and identity of mixed “Mexi-Rican” individuals, and the use of “Spanglish” in commercially published greeting cards. She has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, including the UIC campus-wide Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn more about Dr. Potowski here

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018. 

Time: 5:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm Central / 2:00pm Pacific

Duration: 1 hour (the entire hour will be dedicate to your questions)

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