The International Mother Language Day Event

Research shows that many immigrant youth in Canada face challenges in maintaining their heritage languages (HLs) (Babaee, 2014; Chen, 2010; Cummins 2005). Educational institutions might not promote the use of HLs, and students and their parents might be discouraged from using their HL at home as it is assumed that it will interfere with learning English. HLs, however, should be maintained to help immigrant students integrate and succeed socially and academically. To acknowledge the importance of heritage language maintenance and International Mother Language Day, the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research (CELLTR) is organizing an event on February 21, 2018. Dr. Naghmeh Babaee, a Lecturer and the CELLTR liaison to the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, will share the implications of her research on heritage language maintenance, touching on (1) the importance of language maintenance, (2) strategies for language maintenance, and (3) challenges of language maintenance. Recommendations are offered at the end. This will be followed by student-led discussions on the importance of heritage language maintenance and role of the university in facilitating bilingual and multilingual development among other topics. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

12:30 - 1:30PM

SFU Burnaby 
WMC 1390
8888 University Drive

Light lunch will be provided