PHL in the world
Proposal for a Panel at the NHLRC 3rd International Conference
The field of Heritage Languages (HL) is an exciting interdisciplinary realm of studies that has made important contributions to more consolidate and comprehensive areas, like sociolinguistics and bilingualism. Born in Canada in the 1970s and raised in the USA since the 1990s, it has, most of all, awaken fundamental and enduring educational and social matters – the importance of fostering cultural diversity in a time in which globalization, democratization and international trade govern every aspect of our lives.
Along the sidelines, in a previously dispersed manner, Portuguese as a Heritage Language (PHL) has, under many labels, been developed around the world through the work of various community-based schools, projects and initiatives. Now connected, the burgeoning movement lead by Brazilian educators shows signs of a good work on raising awareness about the importance of maintaining the language and culture of Brazil within the communities of immigrants, positive results in terms of community and government support, but the need to professionalize and better capacitate its advocates and educators.
The purpose of this panel is to share the development of almost 50 years years of work in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, positioning the work of this not so commonly taught language, but that shows a tough and resilient trajectory. In addition, we wish to highlight the diversity of the initiatives and the language policies to which they abide with, as well as similar origins, challenges and results they share.
Tentative participants and titles:
Introduction: Almost 50 years of Portuguese as a Heritage Language
Felicia Jennings-Winterle, MA: Coordinator of the panel
Felicia holds a master's degree in Music Education with emphasis in Cognition from New York University. Since 2009, Felicia has been teaching Portuguese (as Heritage and Foreign language) to children and teenagers through various initiatives. Among them, Felicia was the director at the first Brazilian Preschool in the US from 2009 to 2014, and from this practice she has developed specific didactic material and a philosophy for teaching and celebrating Portuguese as a Heritage Language (PHL). Felicia is a prominent researcher, reference within the field of studies of PHL having organized a pioneering academic publication in the area of PHL, created of the Day of Portuguese as a Heritage Language that had its inaugural celebration on May 16th, 2014, an Annual Conference for the debate themes of Teaching, Development and Maintenance of Portuguese as a Heritage Language and a Continuing Development Program for Educators.
The journey and cycles of developing and reshaping a PHL program to better serve the needs of heritage learners.
Danielle has been the Director of Projeto Brasil, a Portuguese Heritage Language program since 1999 in Austin, Texas. Danielle has been redesigning the program to provide more opportunities for language use, to capacitate the development of language skills and to increase the desire of students in using, maintaining and developing their Portuguese skills. She earned both her Bachelors degree in Communications Design and her Master in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Acquisition and a minor in Methods and Materials from Texas State University. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Educational Technology, which unites her passion for technology, design, and arts with education.
Portuguese as heritage language speakers in Germany: the complex linguistic encoding of imprecision
Priscila Nogueira, Doctorate Fellow
Priscilla Nogueira holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Literature and Education (Portuguese and German) from the University of São Paulo since 2010. She carried out researches in grammaticalization during the Bachelor and concluded the Master's degree in the same field in the University of São Paulo in 2014. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the same university and develops her research in heritage language acquisition with the support of the FAPESP scholarship. Since 2007 until nowadays her researches are developed under Prof. Dr. Maria Célia Lima-Hernandes orientation.
Botton-Up and Top-Down language policy processes for Brazilian Portuguese as a Heritage Language in the 21st century
Andreia Moroni, PhD
Andreia Moroni was born in Brazil and has lived in Barcelona, Spain, for more than 10 years. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (State University of Campinas, Unicamp - Brazil) and Sociolinguistics (University of Barcelona, UB – Spain) and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Sociolinguistics and Communication (CUSC - UB). The focus of her research is Portuguese as a Heritage Language in families of Brazilian origin in Catalonia. She is also a co-founder of the Association of Parents of Brazilian Children in Catalonia (Associação de Pais de Brasileirinhos na Catalunha, APBC), author of children's books and a translator.
Diverse opportunities in Australia: motivating classes to nurture a heritage
Laura Peclat da Conceição Marinho
Educator with more than 25 years of experience with Preschool and Elementary School. Graduated in Pedagogy and Psychopedagogy. Lives in Australia and has been working for the past 6 years at ABCD Association for Brazilian Bilingual Children’s Development, both as a teacher and currently as a pedagogical coordinator.
Leandro has a Bachelor in Portuguese / German Language by the University of São Paulo (USP) and experience as a Portuguese teacher to various levels for the past 11 years. Since 2015 teaches at ABCD – Association for Brazilian Bilingual Children’s Developmentfor children, teenagers and adults. He is currently taking the certification course for Language Teachning at the University of Sidney.
Queli Rejane de Marchi
Queli Rejane de Marchi has been a teacher at ABCD since 2010. She has participated in two session of trainings promoted by The State Conference & Professional Development Training Day, in 2013 and 2015, sponsored by the NSW Federation of Community Language School Inc. She received her Certificate in Language Teaching in 2015 by The University of Sydney.
A bit of a talk: a practical affective guide for parents of Heritage Language Speakers
Cassiana da Silva Joaquim
Cassiana is graduated in Social Communication and has experience in Consular matters, working side by side with the Brazilian community of the Consulate of Brazil in Rome’s jurisdiction. She is currently enrolled in the Continuing Education Program for Portuguese as a Heritage Language Educators and represents the parents that take over the bilingual education of their multilingual children.
The art of conquest: How affection can teach PHL
Luzia holds two bachelors, one in Art Education and another in Pedagogy. Has been developing various activities and projects within the Brazilian community of Osaka promoting PHL and working as a translator in schools to represent Brazilian children and parents that do not speak Japanese. She is part of the first class of the Continuing Development Program for PHL Educators and will graduate in 2018.