This volume presents a multidisciplinary perspective on teaching heritage
language learners. Contributors from theoretical and applied linguistics,
sociolinguistics, psychology, educational policy, and pedagogy specialists
explore policy and societal issues, present linguistic case studies, and
discuss curricular issues, offering both research and hands-on innovation.
- The term "heritage language speaker" refers to an individual exposed to a
language spoken at home but who is educated primarily in English.
Research and curriculum design in heritage language education is just
beginning. Heritage language pedagogy, including research associated with
the attrition, maintenance, and growth of heritage language proficiency, is
rapidly becoming a field in its own right within foreign language
education. This book fills a current gap in both theory and pedagogy in
this emerging field. It is a significant contribution to the goals of
formulating theory, developing informed classroom practices, and creating
enlightened programs for students who bring home-language knowledge into
Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging is dedicated to Professor
Russell Campbell (1927-2003), who was instrumental in advocating for the
creation of the field of heritage language education.