Heritage Language Learners of Russian and L2 Learners in the Flagship Program: A Comparison

by Olga Kagan, Anna Kudyma

Appears in issue 62 on page 27.


The paper will compare heritage language learners (HLL) with traditional learners of Russian as a foreign language (L2 learners). We will focus on the Intermediate-High and higher levels of proficiency in order to determine whether these two groups of students can profitably share the classroom and use a common curriculum. The findings of a new study as well as UCLA Flagship experience over several years confirm that these two groups are compatible at higher levels of oral proficiency as measured by oral proficiency tests.

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