ERIC Number: ED464515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Tapping a National Resource: Heritage Languages in the United States. ERIC Digest.
Brecht, Richard D.; Ingold, Catherine W.
This digest outlines the reasons for and challenges of developing the language skills of heritage language speakers and describes one effort to carry this out, the Heritage Languages Initiative. Specific sections address the following: developing language skills of U.S. residents; the range of language proficiencies of heritage language speakers; the fragility of heritage languages; limitations of current language programs; deficits in infrastructure; and the formation of the Heritage Languages Initiative. (VWL)
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Native Language Instruction, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Skill Development
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016-1859. Tel: 800-276-9834 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.cal.org/ericcll/DIGEST.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.