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Heritage Languages in America: Alliance News Flash
August 2009
South Asian Languages
Heritage Voices
Navajo Revitalization
Program Profiles


Sustaining Linguistic Diversity book coverSustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties

Bringing together a diverse collection of papers by leading researchers and practitioners, Sustaining Linguistic Diversity describes efforts to maintain and revitalize languages and language varieties in the United States and around the globe.

Learn more.

New Web Pages Focus on South Asian Languages

South Asian ChildrenVisit the new Web pages which focus on the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of the geographical area of South Asia, which includes the Indian subcontinent and surrounding countries.

South Asian Languages K–12 Research
Study Funded

NCLRC logoAnup Mahajan of National Capital Language Resource Center announces the award of an International Research and Studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The South Asian Languages K–12 Research Study, to be called DesiLearn, is designed to document and describe all K–12 programs for the following languages: Bengali,Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. We are looking for your help in identifying the heritage programs for these languages in the U.S. Learn more.

The Alliance is Expanding its Heritage Voices Collection

Heritage Voices Collection logoView the newest entries from our Heritage Voices Collection, an online series that highlights programs and languages of interest to the heritage language community. We are pleased to present a program profile on Hindi programs in the U.S. and a language profile on Hindi as part of the launch of our new South Asian languages web pages. We’re also featuring the German School of Connecticut and Education Française à New York. We hope you enjoy this ongoing series. For more information, visit our Web site.

Heritage Voices: Program – HindiUSA
HindiUSA has 28 schools dedicated to its mission of helping students connect to their Hindi language and culture. Learn more. PDF icon

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Heritage Voices: Language – Hindi
Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language that belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is distantly related to other languages in the Indo-European family such as English, German, French, and Italian. Learn more about Hindi. PDF icon
Heritage Voices: Program – German School of Connecticut
The mission of the German School of Connecticut, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is to develop students’ communicative proficiency in German and increase their academic performance. Learn more. PDF icon
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Heritage Voices: Program – Education Française à New York
The mission of the Education Française à New York program is to support and develop the teaching and learning of the French language and the French-speaking cultures of newly immigrated students of Francophone background enrolled in U.S. public schools. Learn more. PDF icon
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A Navajo Success Story: Heritage Language Revitalization in Magdalena, New Mexico

English Language Acquisition and Navajo Achievement report coverIn Magdalena, New Mexico, students have been improving their English and Navajo language skills. Through an innovative bilingual model of heritage language revitalization, Navajo students can receive instruction in English as a second language and in Navajo language and culture.

Learn more about the program and read the report: English Language Acquisition and Navajo Achievement in Magdalena, New Mexico: Promising Outcomes in Heritage Language Education

Online Collection of Heritage Language Program Profiles

Woman speakingThe Online Collection of Heritage Language Program Profiles provides a searchable database of programs in community, K-12, and higher education settings and allows programs to form a network to exchange ideas and resources with one another.

Learn more about the online collection or submit a heritage language program profile.

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