NHLRC offers summer language classes for heritage and non-heritage speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Persian and Russian.
This project is creating a curricular model that will provide information and tools for heritage language instructors and administrator.
This project’s outcome will be a handbook for study abroad centers that informs them of heritage language students’ needs before and during study abroad.
This project will result in the creation and web publication of supplemental curriculum units for teachers of heritage students. Additionally, online tutorials will be created to help heritage learners of Arabic, Hindi, and Persian learn the scripts of their language through independent study.
This project will result in a generic framework, to be used across languages, for heritage materials and curricular design, providing a menu of approaches tailored to the needs and local circumstances of heritage learners.
Heritage Language Instructional Guidelines
The instructional guidelines published in 2003 were the result of directed discussions at the 2002 Heritage Language Institute, sponsored by the UC Consortium on Language Learning and Teaching. The guidelines focus on recruitment and motivation, certification, placement exams, separate heritage tracks, materials, development, training and professional development, technology, sharing resources across UC campuses, research, and outreach and articulation.
Community-Based Curriculum Development
Presentation on Curriculum Development Projects for Spanish and Indonesian. By Maria Carreira, CSU Long Beach and Juliana Wijaya, UCLA.
Contextualizing Heritage and Community Language Education in the U.S.
Terry Wiley, Arizona State University
Undertaking & Connecting Community-Based Research to the HL Classroom
Terry Wiley and Gerda de Klerk, Arizona State University
Learning and Internships in the Community
Kathy O'Byrne, UCLA
The Association of Teachers of Japanese — Japanese as a Heritage Language Special Interest group collects and disseminates research in the field and promotes JHL learning. A web map of Japanese heritage language schools in the United States (a project by Masako Douglas, CSU Long Beach) can be found on the website.
The French Heritage Language Program is designed to support the teaching and learning of French language, literature, and culture for students of Francophone background in New York City. The website includes information on the program and a comprehensive page of links to online teaching resources.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has posted a position statement regarding "Language Learning for Heritage and Native Speakers" on their website.