The United States has a long history of educational programs to help immigrant, refugee, and native American students improve their command of English. However, relatively few educational programs have recognized the languages of these students as a valuable national resource.
The Center for Applied Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) have launched an initiative to overcome this neglect of heritage languages (non-English languages spoken in the United States). The goal is to help the U.S. education system recognize and develop the heritage language resources of this country as part of a larger effort to educate citizens who can function professionally in English and other languages.
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Published: Friday, October 18, 2002
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