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Heritage Languages

The mission of the Heritage Languages SIG of ACTFL is:
  1. Represents the concerns of the Heritage Languages teaching community of ACTFL and will act as a liaison between the ACTFL membership and the Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC).
  2. Provides a networking system within the community of teachers of the many languages included under the general term Heritage Languages. It will provide a forum for teachers, students, researchers, and administrators to voice their concerns and identify the most salient issues this relatively new field is confronting.
  3. Promotes the teaching and learning of the heritage languages and cultures in the United States of America.
  4. Provides a venue for sharing the most recent research and the best teaching practices of heritage languages in general and the unique challenges of specific languages and language communities.
  5. Plays a leading role in connecting teachers across the K-16 levels of instruction and fostering collaboration in the creation of new curriculum, teacher training, assessment, and program development and supervision.

Current Officers:

Chair: Hamsa Mahafza, University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Vice-Chair: Hsiu-Hsien Chan, Yale University
Secretary: Min-Min Liang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Read minutes from previous SIG business meetings. Access the HL SIG Online Community eGroup.

If you are already a member of ACTFL and wish to join this SIG, contact us. ACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per SIG.

What Our Members Are Saying

I cannot tell you how invaluable these have been for me in my standards work with my district.  I have shared portions of them with my teachers as part of our summer professional development and I am also using the information and philosophies with my curriculum writers this summer.  I feel compelled to thank you all once again for your forethought in providing this amazing resource to all of us in such a 21st Century format!

Sandy Harvey, World Language Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD, Texas