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Lecture | Workshop

Heritage languages in the Netherlands: Scholars, teachers, and students in dialogue

Wednesday 21 February 2024
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
B.1.04 & Telders auditorium

HERLING, the research lab for the study of Heritage Languages in the Netherlands, is glad to invite you to a workshop for linguists and educators for International Mother Language Day on Wednesday, 21 February 2024 from 11:00 to 16:00. 


11:00-11:30 Welcome and coffee

Defining heritage languages: The perspective from applied linguistics

The morning session is livestreamed. Please send an email to Pierre-Loup Lenoir (p.p.lenoir@umail.leidenuniv.nl) to receive the link.


  • Josh Prada, A Socio-Emotional Account of Heritage Speaker Bilingualism: From Early Childhood to Young Adulthood 
  • with impulse questions and moderation by M. Carmen Parafita Couto


Becoming and being a (so-called) heritage speaker differs greatly from other types of bilingual profile. Factors such as power differentials between language communities, political hierarchies, access to support in education, and racialisation, among others, all shape the processes driving the heritage bilingual experience. In this talk, I explore the particularities of heritage speaker bilingualism with a focus on the interplay between identity and emotions throughout the first 21 years of life. Specifically, I report on findings from two large projects (one conducted in the United States, and one in the Netherlands), zooming into similarities and differences characterising both contexts, and charting ways to become sociolinguistically-responsive(-ble) educators, policy makers, and community members. 

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

Teaching heritage languages: Insights from professionals

The French heritage program “Ik spreek ook Frans!”


General presentation, followed by tips on how to create this program and how to become a teacher of “Ik spreek ook Frans!”


  • Jean-François Rochard (Attaché for linguistic and educational cooperation, French Institute in The Hague)
  • Fatima El Ghouizy (coordinator and teacher in the heritage language program Ik spreek ook Frans!) 
  • Schobère Shimagiza (professor in the heritage language program Ik spreek ook Frans!)
16:00 Closing/borrel


To register for this event, please fill in this formWe still welcome registrations, but note that for organisational issues, lunches are already fully booked.


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