Database on HL Course Work


As heritage languages gain more attention in the public domain, universities have begun to offer courses that introduce students to social, cultural, pedagogical, and linguistic challenges of heritage languages, make one think what it means to be a heritage speaker in a modern society, and dispel persistent misconceptions and stereotypes about bilingualism. It is encouraging that such courses are offered in addition to (and sometimes in connection with) language courses for heritage re-learners. An introductory class on heritage languages and their speakers may be a true melting pot where a student taking Mandarin for Mandarin speakers, a student taking Spanish for Spanish speakers, and a monolingual English speaker who has never had any experience with bilingual families study side by side, compare experiences, and learn new concepts from such diverse fields as sociology, psychology, education, and linguistics. It is our hope that more and more universities will offer more general education classes (as well as higher division classes) on heritage speakers. This website presents syllabi, class materials, and samples of students' work from several such classes offered throughout the country. If you or your colleagues have offered such a course please send us your materials for posting.  


Course Syllabi and Research Papers

The following are syllabi from classes taught by Maria Polinsky on the subject of heritage language learners (HLLs) at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the University of Maryland, and Vera Gribanova's syllabus from her graduate course on HLLs at Stanford University.

The following works are final papers from Maria Polinsky's course "Heritage Languages and Their Speakers" at the University of Maryland.