Learning with Heritage Speakers, Non-Native Language Students Face Challenges

UPDATED: March 10, 2015, at 2:09 a.m.

Kirsi Anselmi-Stith ’18 hails from Rock Springs, Wyoming—a far cry from the Middle East. But when she walks into her introductory Arabic class every day, she finds herself next to students from that very region who have spent their whole lives speaking the language, so-called heritage speakers who she says can create an unbalanced learning environment.

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