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Heritage language speakers


  • Here are entered works on persons who understand a language other than the dominant language of their communities due to their having heard it spoken in the home.

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  • Variants

    • Heritage language learners
    • Heritage speakers
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat: A comparative look at the needs analysis of Korean heritage and non-heritage learners, 2002:p. 13 (heritage speaker: a student who is raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken, who speaks or merely understands the heritage language, and who is to some degree bilingual in English and the heritage language)
    • found: Processing strategies and transfer of heritage and non-heritage learners of Korean, 2005:p. 5 (The distinction between an HL learner and a foreign language learner is that the former has acquired (to varying degrees) the language at home prior to formal instruction while the latter primarily learns the language in a classroom setting)
    • found: Encyclopedia of language and education, 2008:v. 1, section 1, p. 5 (A heritage language (HL) is a language that is learned by members of an ethnic group desirous to reconnect with the culture of their ancestors)
    • found: UC San Diego Heritage Language Program WWW home page, Jan. 23, 2011(The term heritage language denotes a language learned at home that is different from the dominant language of the community, and a heritage speaker is someone who speaks or even just understands that language. Heritage speakers, who are neither typical students of a foreign language, nor fluent speakers, require a different kind of instruction that enhances the language skills they already have, and amplifies their cultural literacy)
    • found: Wikipedia, Jan. 23, 2011(Heritage language speakers can usually be considered bilingual to some degree, and the heritage language is usually the person's first language. Heritage speakers will be to some degree bilingual in the dominant language and the heritage language(s). A heritage language is a language that is acquired by individuals raised in homes where a dominant language is not spoken or not exclusively spoken)
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on persons who understand a language other than the dominant language of their communities due to their having heard it spoken in the home.
  • Change Notes

    • 2012-02-01: new
    • 2012-04-26: revised
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