Code of the World: A Digital Storytelling Project in the Heritage Language Classroom
Many Russophone heritage students cite 'identity' as the principal reason for studying the language; they come to class to explore and assess the deep-rooted cultural, emotional, and aesthetic values of their language against the broader social groups of families, peers, and the countries of the language in general. The presentation aims to show the specific meaning and use of digital storytelling in the “Russian for Heritage Students” course. It argues that this technology tool helps heritage students not only to reflect on a personal experience, but to 're/construct' their unique language identity. I will introduce and discuss my “Code of the World” website, which contains 35 videos produced by four generations of the course’s students over the period of 2018-2021. I will focus on different stages of the project, the multiliteracy theory behind it, assessment criteria, and students’ reflections on their digital storytelling experience.