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Heritage Languages in America: Alliance News Flash
May 2011 www.cal.org/heritage
Heritage Language Spotlight: German
Heritage Briefs
In the News

What Teachers Need to Know
About Language

Publication: What Teachers Need to Know about Language

Teachers need deep, broad knowledge about language to support their students’ language and literacy development. Five commentaries on this topic, from the perspective of early childhood education, teacher certification, and teacher preparation and professional development, point out the value of improving educators’ understanding about language.

Learn more.


Heritage Language Spotlight: German

The Alliance periodically creates Heritage Language Spotlight web pages that focus on select heritage languages. This month the Alliance is pleased to highlight the German language.


Visit the German Language Spotlight web page.

New Heritage Briefs Now Available Online

Heritage briefs logoOur Heritage Briefs collection provides
short, peer-reviewed papers on topics of interest about heritage languages. Our most recent titles are shown below and are available as free downloadable PDFs.

• Challenges and Needs of Community-Based Heritage Language Programs and How They Are Addressed

• Indigenous Language Students From Spanish-speaking Countries: Educational Approaches

• Turkish Heritage Language Schools in the United States

View the Heritage Briefs Collection.

Startalk Update

STARTALK logoThe Teachers We Need: Transforming World Language Education in the United States
This white paper demonstrates not only the changing need for linguistic and cultural competency for the global age, but also the world language education gap that has developed in the United States over the past few decades. In order to develop globally competitive language education, the United States must adopt a new agenda that is inclusive, nationally-advocated, state-implemented, and results-oriented.

Visit the STARTALK website to learn more.

In the News

As a courtesy to our readers, the Alliance periodically shares news items that are related to our work and mission. Please be aware that news links may change as news organizations move articles to archives on their websites.

National Heritage Language Resource Center Update

NHLRC LogoArticle on the National Heritage Language Survey: Implications for Teaching, Curriculum Design,
and Professional Development Now Available

The NHLRC has made available an article that reports on a survey of heritage language learners across different heritage language and geographic regions in the United States. Learn more.

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