LINGUIST List 9.1824

Tue Dec 22 1998

Confs: Heritage Languages

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  1. Donna Christian, Heritage Languages Conference

Message 1: Heritage Languages Conference

Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 14:50:08 -0500
From: Donna Christian <>
Subject: Heritage Languages Conference

Heritage Languages in America
A National Conference
October 14-16, 1999
California State University
Long Beach, CA

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at The Johns Hopkins
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

This conference is the first major project of the Heritage
Languages Initiative, a national effort to develop the rich
linguistic resources of our nation's heritage communities through
strengthening the educational institutions that work with them.
While English is indisputably the primary language of the United
States, at the same time we need citizens who are able to function
at highly proficient levels in both English and other languages. 

Conference Goals:
- To share knowledge and resources to help those working with
heritage language learners.
-?To establish structures for maintaining dialogue within and
among these groups. 

Participants will learn about how others have addressed the
challenges of developing heritage language programs and
proficiencies and will create linkages for continued work to
strengthen our nation's language resources. 

Representatives from the five constituencies involved in the
initiative will attend this conference.
-?Heritage language communities and schools 
-?Pre K-12 heritage language educators
-?Higher education institutions
-?Language expertise consumers

For more information:
Conference attendance will be limited to 400. To be put on the
conference mailing list, please send your contact information (US
mail, fax, and email) to Courtney Mata, National Foreign
Language Center, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 400,
Washington DC 20036;; phone, 202-667-8100 ext.
27; fax, 202-667-6907.

A full description of how the Heritage Languages Initiative got
started, its objectives, and its proposed organizational and
administrative structure can be found on the NFLC and CAL
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