Community and Heritage Languages Education

As the U.S. faces a shortage of adults with proficiency in languages other than English, the languages spoken in communities across the United States can be harnessed and developed to address this shortage. Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Korean count among the largest language groups most commonly spoken in the home. Foreign language enrollment in U.S. schools is a poor reflection of heritage language communities in the country, and heritage language speakers in schools. However, the pool of students who enter schools with some degree of proficiency in another language present a tremendous resource if they can continue to develop their language skills. 

For example, 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. Through the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, CAL raised the profile of heritage language concerns in the larger language learning discussion in the USA. The Alliance has collected a rich set of resources in the form of briefs, short papers, and documentation of languages and programs.

Resources, News, and Events

CAL Authors Research on Less Commonly Taught Languages & Needs for K-12 Instructors
CAL Tapped to Develop Career-Focused Resources for STARTALK Initiative
In Memoriam: Olga Kagan
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice

Edited by Terrence G. Wiley, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Donna Christian, Sarah Catherine K. Moore, Na Liu

Published by Routledge and the Center for Applied Linguistics

Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging
Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging

Edited by Donna Brinton, Olga Kagan, Susan Bauckus

Published by Routledge

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Related Projects

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, National Security Education Program

National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program, via subcontract from Georgetown University

STARTALK
STARTALK

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, via subcontract from the University of Maryland, National Foreign Language Center

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