1. Introduction

Description of the study

The purpose of this survey is to learn more about language instructors’ perspectives on heritage language learning and assessment. This study will help reveal information about how language teachers view their learners.

What is a heritage language learner? For the purpose of this study, we will define a heritage language learner as someone “who is raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken, who speaks or merely understands the heritage language, and who is to some degree bilingual in English and the heritage language” (Valdés, 2000, p. 1).

For example, if you are teaching a Spanish class, a heritage language learner of Spanish is someone who speaks and/or understands Spanish because it is spoken or heard at home. Other learners, who are learning Spanish as a new language, are not considered heritage language learners.

Do I qualify to participate in this study? If, at any point in your language teaching career, you have taught a heritage language learner in any context, you are qualified to participate in this study. The questions in this survey pertain to teachers who currently teach or have previously taught heritage language learners.

Note: If you are no longer a language teacher, please respond to all of the survey questions regarding your previous experience as a language teacher.


If you agree to participate in this survey, you will be given ample opportunities to express your views and perceptions about your learners. Overall, the information gathered in this survey will help researchers and future language educators understand their learners better.


Every effort will be made to keep any information collected confidential. In order to keep information secure, only the researchers will have access to any data, all of which will be saved on the researchers’ password-protected, access-restricted server.


Three participants will be randomly selected for a $25 Amazon gift card. At the end of the survey, you will be directed to a link that will take you to an entirely separate survey, where you can enter your contact information to be entered for the drawing.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about the study or your rights as a research participant, you may contact the principal investigator, John Chi, at jchi@cal.org.

Informed Consent

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary at all times. If you agree with participating in this study and thus allowing your responses to be included in the study, please continue to the next page to start the survey.


Valdes, G. (2000). Introduction. In AATSP (Ed.), Spanish for native speakers, Vol. 1 (pp. 1-20). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College.
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