Maryland takes lead in developing strategies to preserve heritage languages
The state of Maryland has taken a strong leadership role to ensure that it capitalizes on the diverse language skills of its population and reaps the benefits of language learning. The Task Force for the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland is the first state-sponsored task force on heritage languages in the U.S.
Read the report of the task force.
Heritage Language FAQs
The Alliance is developing an expanding library of answers to frequently asked questions on heritage language issues. We highlight questions periodically in the Alliance News Flash. For this May edition, we highlight the following new FAQ.
What are the similarities and differences among English language, foreign language, and heritage language education in the United States?
Developed by: Ann Kelleher, University of California, Davis; Erin Haynes, University of California, Berkeley; and Sarah Moore, Center for Applied Linguistics
This FAQ describes the importance of developing proficiency in languages in addition to English and addresses social, political, pedagogical, and curricular differences among English language, foreign language, and heritage language programs.
Read the FAQ.
The Alliance is pleased to present the newest entries from our Heritage Voices Collection, an online series that highlights programs and languages of interest to the heritage language community. Our Heritage Voices: Programs feature is San Antonio Alamo Chinese Language School, and our Heritage Voices: Languages feature is Tamil. We hope you enjoy this series. For more information, visit our Web site.
Heritage Voices: Languages – Tamil
Tamil is a member of the Dravidian family of languages and is spoken primarily in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and in Sri Lanka. With over 66 million native speakers worldwide, and a growing number in the United States and Canada, Tamil is by some estimates the 17th most spoken language in the world.
Learn more about Tamil.
Heritage Voices: Programs – San Antonio Alamo Chinese Language School
The San Antonio Alamo Chinese Language School is a community-based Chinese language school dedicated to the teaching and promotion of Chinese language and culture in the greater San Antonio community.
Learn more about this program.
Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles
The Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles allows heritage language programs in community-based and K–12 settings to form a network to exchange ideas and resources with one another.
Learn more about the online collection.
Submit a heritage language program profile.
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