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Sidney Dement

Abstract

Heritage language learning is an interesting phenomenon that affects students of any heritage language. In this paper, I am putting my focus directly on Russian heritage language learners. Through research on pedagogical learning theories, students’ motivation to take heritage language courses, and current Russian heritage language learning studies, I am exploring the impact that motivation has on Russian heritage language learners’ performance in these specific courses, and some of the problems these students encounter in the classroom. This paper highlights the connections between motivations in learning and the specific problems Russian heritage language learners struggle with in the classroom, and offers suggestions towards improving HLL motivation.

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