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ERIC Number: EJ1126282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
Heritage Language Education: Valuing the Languages, Literacies, and Cultural Competencies of Immigrant Youth
Seals, Corinne A.; Peyton, Joy Kreeft
Current Issues in Language Planning, v18 n1 p87-101 2017
This article argues for the value of heritage language programs and the micro-level language policies that support them, focusing on a case study of a program in the USA to make this argument. We also argue for the importance of recognizing students' heritage languages, cultures, and individual goals and identities in mainstream school programs. Following an overview of the current status of heritage language programs, a program case study conducted at a public primary school in rural Oregon is presented. The strengths of the program are outlined, as well as its challenges, and the brief history of the program is traced from its establishment and success to its subsequent decline. Multiple factors are discussed, as are the positive effects on students' identities and scores on state-level assessments during the existence of the program and the negative effects after the dismantling of the program. The article concludes with considerations for the establishment of successful heritage language programs, as well as the importance of establishing policies that invest in supporting heritage language speakers in their schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon
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