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



Connecting Diverse Cultures

Publication: Connecting Diverse CulturesA companion to the refugee families and youth DVD, A New Day and Be Who You Are, this guide incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. Connecting Diverse Cultures will assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 and adult ESL classes.

Learn more and view a video clip.


Heritage Programs
Heritage Language Program Database
This online, searchable database of programs in community, K12, 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.

Online Resources

Heritage Briefs logoBrowse Our Collection of Heritage Briefs
Heritage Briefs are short papers on topics of interest in the field of heritage languages. Our collection provides short papers on topics of interest about heritage languages which are available as free downloadable PDFs.

Browse our collection of briefs, including

• What is a Heritage Language?
• What is Language Loss?
• Where do Community-Based Heritage Language Programs Find Funding?
• A series of briefs on Heritage Language Schools in the U.S. focusing on different heritage languages

Browse the full collection of Heritage Briefs.

Heritage Voices Collection logoHeritage Voices Collection: Iran Cultural and Educational Center NEW!
This online collection of documents is designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices. This month, the Alliance is pleased to highlight the heritage program voice: Iran Cultural and Educational Center, which features its founder, Dr. Iran Arbabi Amin. Read the heritage voice.

Browse the Heritage Voices collection.


STARTALK logoSTARTALK 2012 Summer Programs
The searchable STARTALK 2012 Program Listings are now available. Use the links below to view all STARTALK 2012 programs.

STARTALK 2012 Student Programs

STARTALK 2012 Teacher Programs


teacher and student photoNational Consortium of Language Program Databases
The 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.

The list of Consortium partners continues to grow and now includes

  • The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, managed by the Center for Applied Linguistics
  • The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
  • The Chinese Heritage Language Education and Research Project (CHeLER)
  • The DesiLearn Initiative, managed by the National Capital Language Resource Center at The George Washington University
  • The National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)
  • The STARTALK Initiative, managed by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland

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