2007 Keynote Speaker
University Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at King's College, University of Cambridge
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
AATSP is bringing Dr. Kim Potowski to the IWLA conference on Friday, October 5th.
Dr. Potowski is Assitant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program at UIC since 2000. She is the author of "Language and Identity in a Dual Immersion School" and "Fundamentos de la enseñanza del español a los hablantes nativos en los Estados Unidos" and also of many articles published in refereed journals as well as book chapters, and many other works.
Dr. Potowski is going to give two workshops back to back on Friday about teaching Heritage Learners. The workshops are going to explore pedagogical and administrative considerations in the teaching Spanish to heritage speakers. First she will describe several linguistic, affective, and academic characteristics of the US Latino student population, contrasting where necessary with "tradicional" L2 Spanish learners. Then there will be a discussion of the implications of these characteristics for classrooom terachers of heritage speakers as well as administrative considerations including course placement and materials selection.
It is a great opportunity to have this expert in the field talking to teachers in Iowa. This opportunity was made posible through a minigrant through the Department of Education and Dr. Carmen Sosa's efforts.