This online, searchable database of profiles allows heritage language programs to exchange ideas and resources with one another.
English Language Learners
As this nation faces a critical shortage of adults with proficiency in languages other than English, we need to develop our own rich linguistic resources, the languages spoken in communities across the United States. CAL and the National Foreign Language Center have joined forces in an effort to overcome the neglect of heritage languages in the United States and to help U.S. schools recognize and develop the heritage language resources of this country.
CAL provides leadership for the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages with a goal of promoting the conservation and development of the heritage language resources of this country as part of a larger effort to educate citizens who can function professionally in English and other languages. The Alliance recognizes that the United States has a critical need for individuals who have high proficiency in both English and one or more additional languages. To meet this need, the Alliance promotes information exchange, research, and policy development. Visit the Alliance Web site.
Publications and Resources
Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource
Heritage Language Education:
Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education
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