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Heritage Languages in America: Alliance News Flash
August 2010 www.cal.org/heritage
FAQs and Briefs
Conference Update

Heritage Language Education:
A New Field Emerging

Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging coverThis volume presents a multidisciplinary perspective on teaching heritage language learners. It is a significant contribution to the goals of formulating theory, developing informed classroom practices, and creating enlightened programs for students who bring home-language knowledge into the classroom. Learn more.

STARTALK Multimedia Teacher Workshop Collection

STARTALK logo This collection features 12 online, multimedia workshops designed for educators to improve their skills in critical areas. CALís workshop, Assessment for Language Instructors: The Basics, is a computer-based workshop that focuses on assessment training for language educators. Learn more.

Visit the STARTALK website.

Browse our Collection of FAQs and Briefs

Heritage FAQs logoThe Alliance periodically posts answers to frequently asked questions about issues related to heritage languages. Some FAQs also have companion Heritage Briefs that provide further details about the topic.
Read the FAQs.

Heritage briefs logoHeritage Briefs are informative, short papers on topics of interest about heritage language. Browse the collection.


Heritage programs database logoThis online, searchable database of programs in community, K–12, and higher education settings allows heritage language programs to exchange ideas and resources with one another. Learn more about the online collection or submit a heritage language program profile.

Speaking in Tongues
ChildrenNew Film Features Vignettes About Second Language Learners
This film features four American children who learned a second language -- in some cases, their heritage language -- in a bilingual education setting starting from kindergarten. This film explores the rewards and challenges these children encountered as they became bilingual and bicultural. The film also addresses issues of building a multilingual society, addressing communication barriers, heritage language learning, and cultural awareness. Learn more.

Upcoming Conference of Interest

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2010 Annual Convention
November 19-21, 2010
Boston, MA

Mark your calendar to attend these Heritage Language presentations at the upcoming 2010 ACTFL Convention in Boston.

Community-Based Heritage Language Programs in a Multilingual Society
Presenters representing French, German, Greek, and Japanese community-based heritage language programs will describe the role of their programs in building a multilingual society.

Heritage Languages in America: A Decade of Research and Beyond
This session will review the major research areas and questions identified at the Heritage Language Research Priorities Conference in 2000, the research conducted during the past 10 years, and future research needs and directions.

Heritage Languages in America: Current Field Development Initiatives
This session will report on three national initiatives in support of heritage languages in the United States: (1) a comprehensive survey of Chinese community schools; (2) DesiLearn, designed to document and describe K–12 South Asian language programs; and, (3) STARTALK, the summer program that includes several heritage languages.

Learn more.

Collaborate with the Alliance

Smiling manThe Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages is seeking to develop community among professionals working in heritage language education and research by providing information and resources of interest.

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The Alliance News Flash is a quarterly online newsletter created for professionals working in the area of heritage language education, to create connections and to give updates on new developments and recent resources in the field. If you have suggestions for articles for the Alliance News Flash, for Alliance activities, and other ideas to create community, please email the Alliance at heritage@cal.org.

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