Table of contents

  1. Peter Pericles Trifonas, Themistoklis Aravossitas
  2. Michail Vitopoulos
  3. George Androulakis, Anastasia Gkaintartzi, Roula Kitsiou, Sofia Tsioli
  4. Laura French Bourgeois, Roxane de la Sablonnière, Donald M. Taylor
  5. Stefanie Pillai, Adriana Phillip, Wen-Yi Soh
  6. Jane F. Ross, Fabrice Jaumont, Julia Schulz, Joseph Dunn, Lauren Ducrey

About this book


This volume covers the multidimensional and international field of Heritage Language Education, including concepts, practices, and the correlation between culture and language from the perspectives of pedagogy and research. Heritage Language Learning is a new dimension in both the linguistic and pedagogic sciences, and is linked to processes of identity negotiation and cultural inheritance. It is a distinct pedagogical and curricular domain that is not exhausted within the domains of bilingualism and second or foreign language education. A heritage language is not a second or foreign language, it is the vehicle whereby cultural memory is transmitted over time, across distances, communities, and generations. Heritage languages play an important role ensuring the balance between coherence and pluralism in contemporary societies that have come to realize that diversity is an advantage for social, cultural, and economic reasons.

The volume includes topics like First Nation indigenous languages, languages in diaspora, immigrant and minority languages, and contributions from North, central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It addresses the social, linguistic, and cultural issues in educational contexts in a new way by taking up questions of globalization, difference, community, identity, democracy, ethics, politics, technology, language rights and cultural policies through the evolving field of Heritage Language Education.


Australian Heritage Languages Common European Framework of Reference for Languages HLE Spanish as a heritage language assessment of heritage language curriculum development for heritage languages first nations indigenous languages heritage language and identity heritage language learning heritage language learning and educational equity language as cultural inheritance pedagogy of heritage language plurilingualism

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Pericles Trifonas
    • 1
  • Themistoklis Aravossitas
    • 2
  1. 1.OISE/University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.CERES/University of Toronto Munk School of Global AffairsTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-38893-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1951
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-196X