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Volume 25, No. 1 Fall 2001

New Products

New ERIC Digests From the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics

Digests are short reports that synthesize current research, review the literature, describe teaching methods and program models, and offer practical ideas for teachers and others.

Coming in October

Digests are available online at

To order free ERIC/CLL Digests by mail, enclose one self-addressed stamped (55¢) business-size envelope for every 5 Digests ordered. Mail to

4646 40TH ST NW
WASHINGTON DC 20016-1859

Online Directory of ESL Resources

An extensive Online Directory of ESL Resources, a joint effort of ERIC/CLL and the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE), is now available on our Web site. It includes associations and organizations, state and regional TESOL affiliates, resource centers, publishers, Web sites, online publications, listservs, and more. You can find resources appropriate for learners of all ages, pre-K through adult, college students, and low literacy learners.

Coming in November From ERIC/CLL

Heritages Languages in America

Joy Kreeft Peyton, Scott McGinnis, and Donald Ranard, Editors

As a result of both immigration and birth patterns, the number of individuals in the United States who speak a language other than English is increasing dramatically. Multilingual and bilingual individuals are assets to their communities, as the globalism of the 21st century creates a tremendous need for bilingual individuals in all areas of the workforce.

This book describes the various populations of heritage language speakers in the United States and outlines what needs to be done to help them develop a high level of proficiency in their heritage languages for use in both the academic and professional arenas. This includes the development of materials, instructional strategies, and assessment tools for use in the context of high-quality heritage language programs that move smoothly and sequentially from early elementary through college levels. Also needed are teacher recruitment and training, and funding to develop and maintain heritage language programs. These challenges demand the attention and efforts of everyone involved in language education, research, and policy formation.

Heritages Languages in America will be available in November 2001 from Delta Publishing.

ISBN 1-887744-68-1

Order from Delta Systems Co., Inc.
1400 Miller Parkway
McHenry, IL 60050-7030
Toll free: 800-323-8270
Fax: 800-909-9901

Immersion Directory Update

During the course of 2002, ERIC/CLL will be updating the Directory of Total and Partial Immersion Language Programs in U.S. Schools. We will be contacting all programs listed in the current directory to request updated information. Please do not send us updates at this time; we need to collect your information in a specific format so ask that you wait until you hear from us.

However, if you know of a foreign language immersion program that is not listed in the current directory, we would love to hear about it. Please send contact information for the program (contact person, telephone number, email address, postal address) to Ms. Lisa Biggs, Immersion Directory Candidates, ERIC/CLL, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 or



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