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ERIC Number: EJ916154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
The Results of the National Heritage Language Survey: Implications for Teaching, Curriculum Design, and Professional Development
Carreira, Maria; Kagan, Olga
Foreign Language Annals, v44 n1 p40-64 Spr 2011
This article reports on a survey of heritage language learners (HLLs) across different heritage languages (HLs) and geographic regions in the United States. A general profile of HLLs emerges as a student who (1) acquired English in early childhood, after acquiring the HL; (2) has limited exposure to the HL outside the home; (3) has relatively strong aural and oral skills but limited literacy skills; (4) has positive HL attitudes and experiences; and (5) studies the HL mainly to connect with communities of speakers in the United States and to gain insights into his or her roots. We argue that a community-based curriculum represents an effective way to harness the wealth of knowledge and experiences that HLLs bring to the classroom and to respond to their goals for their HL. (Contains 3 notes, 12 tables, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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