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Heritage Languages in America: Alliance News Flash
August 2012 www.cal.org/heritage
Online Resources
Heritage Programs



Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry

Publication: Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry Thirty-two scholars examine the sociocultural, cognitive-linguistic, and educational-institutional trajectories along which Chinese as a heritage language may be acquired, maintained, and developed. This volume will engage all those interested in the teaching and learning of Chinese, from teachers to parents to the students themselves. Learn more.

Online Resources

Dissertation and Thesis Abstracts New!
Heritage Briefs logoTwo resources containing comprehensive lists of dissertation and thesis abstracts on the topics of heritage language education and Spanish heritage language education are now available. These resources are a collaborative effort between the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Learn more about the Heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.

Learn more about the Spanish heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.

Browse Our Collection of Heritage Briefs
Heritage Briefs logoHeritage Briefs are short papers on topics of interest about heritage languages which are available as free downloadable PDFs.

Browse our collection of briefs, which includes a selection that specifically focuses on heritage schools in the United States, such as Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, and more.

View the full collection of Heritage Briefs.

Heritage Voices Collection
Heritage Voices Collection logoThis online collection of documents is designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices. The purpose of this collection is to help build community among all those interested in preserving our rich heritage of language resources.

The language profiles in the Heritage Voices Collection include Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Sanskrit, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Yiddish.

Browse the Heritage Voices Collection.

Heritage Programs

Heritage Language Program Database
This 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.


The STARTALK Project Supports Education in Less Commonly Taught Languages
STARTALK logoSTARTALK is part of a presidential initiative to enhance the nation’s capacity to develop proficiency in critical languages.

Visit the STARTALK website to learn more.


National Consortium of Language Program Databases
teacher and student photoThe National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, working under the auspices of the STARTALK project, has established the National Consortium of Language Program Databases hosted by the Center for Applied Linguistics. Consortium partners collaborate with the goal of making data about language programs from a variety of sources readily available to the field. 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.

Bookmark the Alliance website to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

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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