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.
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Research and Resources

Books and Reports

Books and reports on heritage languages, language learners, teaching, language development, community concerns, policies and practices

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Indigenous Languages





Heritage Languages in America coverHeritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource
Heritage Languages in America outlines what needs to be done to help heritage language speakers develop their languages for use in academic and professional arenas. Learn more.

Heritage Language Education Book CoverHeritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging
This volume presents a multidisciplinary perspective on teaching heritage language learners. Learn more.


Chinese as a Heritage Language Book CoverChinese 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 from the National Foreign Language Resource Center in Hawaii will engage all those interested in the teaching and learning of Chinese, from teachers to parents to the students themselves. Learn more.