Partner Organizations have made a commitment to supporting the work of the Alliance, including financial and in-kind contributions and networking to build awareness of and support for heritage languages and the work of the Alliance.
The Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) facilitates the work of the Alliance by maintaining the Alliance Web site and by collecting and compiling new profile data to add to the Online Collection of Heritage Language Program Profiles.
A private nonprofit organization founded in 1959, the mission of CAL is to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. CAL's
staff of researchers, educators, and scholars is dedicated to promoting and improving the teaching and learning of languages, identifying and
solving problems related to language and culture, serving as a resource for information about language and culture, and conducting research
on issues related to language and culture.
Learn more at CAL's Web site.
The National Foreign Language Center
The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) is a research institute of the University of Maryland, dedicated to promoting a language-competent America by developing and disseminating information that informs policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. The mission of NFLC is to improve the capacity of the U.S. to communicate in languages other than English through intensive and innovative strategic planning and development with globalized institutions, organizations, and enterprises throughout the U.S. Through research, collaborations, consultations, and projects such as STARTALK and LangNet the staff and the fellows of NFLC are dedicated to improving the nation's ability to understand and communicate with people around the world and to manage the unprecedented flow of information resulting from globalization.
Learn more at the NFLC Web site.
The National Heritage Language Resource Center
The NHLRC, established in 2006, is one of 15 National Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center focuses on the language development of heritage language learners and defines such learners as those students who speak another language but are dominant in English --an increasingly common type of student in "foreign" language classrooms throughout the U.S. The abilities, needs, and motivations of these students, when studying their heritage language, differ from those of non-heritage students, but research to explore these differences is in the early stages.
The Center promotes such research
and takes as its mission the development of "effective pedagogical
approaches to teaching heritage language learners, first by creating a
research base and then by pursuing curriculum design, materials
development, and teacher education." To meet these goals, the NHLRC
has mapped out a range of projects over the next few years.
Full details can be found on the NHLRC Web site.