The Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles

Multiple Language Programs


World Languages Network
Arlington , MA

The World Language Network supports heritage language programs within the K-12 Massachusetts School System. Additionally, the Network strives to build community contacts and resources for newly settled immigrant families.

Community Based:

Scandinavian Languages
Scandinavian Language Institute
Seattle, WA

The Scandinavian Language Institute is located in the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington. The Institute offers language instruction primarily for adults, at four levels, in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic. 200 students are enrolled in language classes at the Institute. Language instruction is supplemented with cultural programming that ranges from naming traditions and food to the arts, music, and film. Particular strengths are conversation and translation. In 2009 the Institute celebrates its 30-year anniversary.

Southeast Asian Languages
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Madison, WI

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin teaches Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, Lao, Burmese, Filipino, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Thai to heritage students. Instruction is intensive, 4.5 hours per day, occurs over an 8 week period in the summer, and encompasses three levels. There are roughly 175 students in the program. Completion rates are quite high. As part of a consortium of twelve schools, SASSI is able to assist many students through some tuition support.

PreK-12 and Adults:

Chinese - Mandarin, French, German, and Spanish
International School of Tucson
Tucson, AZ

The program was founded in 2005 to provide an environment for students to develop confidence and pride in their language skills.

French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Bristol Warren Regional School District
Bristol , RI

This school specializes in the development of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and French literacy in high school students in the Bristol School System. The program’s curriculum covers an intensive university language track and offers the possibility of college credit.

Higher Education:

Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese
Portland State University
Portland , OR

The university offers heritage language classes in Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The program seeks to create a bilingual community by meeting to the specific needs of it diverse heritage language community.


back to top

*The Alliance is no longer collecting profiles for higher education programs. Please visit the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at UCLA to find out how you can participate in their survey of college-level heritage language programs.