Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles
The Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles provides a searchable database of programs in community and K-12 settings and allows programs to form a network to exchange ideas and resources with one another. The Alliance has enhanced the Program Profiles collection to make submitting a profile and searching the collection easier.
Learn more about the online collection.
Submit a heritage program profile.
STARTALK Project Supports Education in Less Commonly Taught Languages
STARTALK is part of a presidential initiative to enhance the nationís capacity to develop proficiency in critical languages.
Visit the STARTALK Web site to learn more.
The Alliance’s Heritage Voices Collection Continues to Expand
View 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 an Anishinaabemdaa program in Michigan and two language profiles, Sanskrit and Yiddish. We hope you enjoy this ongoing series. For more information, visit our Web site.
Heritage Voices Program – Anishinaabemdaa
The Anishinaabemdaa Program, located in Manistee, Michigan, was founded in 1988 to teach the ancestral language of the Anishinaabe people. The program offers elementary school and community-based classes as well as a summer language camp run by the program director, Kenny Pheasant, who is the founder and sole language instructor. Learn more.
Heritage Voices Language – Sanskrit
Sanskrit is an ancient language belonging to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family and is one of the 22 official languages of India. Learn more.
Heritage Voices Language – Yiddish
The word Yiddish is derived from the German word for Jewish. The origin of Yiddish dates back over 1,000 years and started primarily as an oral language. Learn more.
Upcoming Conferences of Interest
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2009 Annual Convention
and World Languages Expo
November 20–22, 2009
San Diego, CA
Mark your calendar to attend a Heritage Languages presentation at the upcoming 2009 ACTFL Convention in San Diego.
Critical Components of Heritage Language Programs
Three areas are critical for the success of heritage language programs and U.S. language policy: Capacity Development, Opportunity Creation, and Desire. Panelists discuss the theoretical and research base for these areas in program and policy development and their implementation in three program types: Spanish, Hindi/Urdu, and Native American.
Presenters: Joseph LoBianco, Surendra Gambhir, Erin Haynes, Joy Kreeft Peyton, and Kim Potowski
Friday, November 20, 2009, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Convention Center, Room 24A
First International Conference on Heritage / Community Languages
February 19–21, 2010
Covel Commons, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
This conference will assemble prominent scholars to present keynote addresses and will convene panels covering a spectrum of issues pertaining to heritage language in the communities and in classrooms from levels K-16. Learn more.
Plan to attend the Heritage Languages presentation at this conference.
Developing and Maintaining Vital, Sustainable Heritage Language Programs
Researchers working on language revitalization and policy argue that three areas of activity are critical: Capacity Development, Opportunity Creation, and Desire. Panelists discuss how these areas apply to different heritage languages in the United States (Spanish, Chinese, German, and Russian) and consider the contexts in which they are taught.
Bookmark the conference Web site for further information and updates.
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