[lg policy] bibitem:International Comparative Perspectives on Heritage Language Education Policy Research

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International Comparative Perspectives on Heritage Language Education
Policy Research
Author: 	Jeffrey Bale
Linguistic Field: 	Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Abstract: 	As awareness of the unique abilities and needs of heritage
language learners has grown, so too has recent research deepened our
understanding of the dynamic between language policy and heritage
language education (HLE). In this article, I review HLE policy
research conducted in various international contexts. I begin by
reviewing ongoing debates in the policy literature over definitions
and adopt a broad understanding of the term so that we can glean as
much insight as possible from the comparison of international
contexts. I then turn to six international regions and countries that
have been the focus of recent HLE policy research. Within each region,
I apply the analytic framework proposed by Ricento and Hornberger
(1996) to differentiate the multiple levels at which language policy
functions. Finally, I identify common themes emerging across the
research in these varied contexts and conclude with suggestions for
future policy-oriented HLE research.


This article appears in Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Vol. 30,
Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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