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Handbook of Research and Practice in Heritage Language Education

  • The first truly international handbook on Heritage Language education

  • Addresses questions of social, linguistic, and cultural difference in language education in a global context

  • Enables readers to rethink language education in relation to principles of educational equity and social justice

Part of the book series: Springer International Handbooks of Education (SIHE)

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Table of contents (45 entries)

  1. Heritage and Language: Cultural Diversity and Education

    • Peter Pericles Trifonas, Themistoklis Aravossitas

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

  • OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

    Peter Pericles Trifonas

  • CERES/University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, Toronto, Canada

    Themistoklis Aravossitas

About the editors

Peter Pericles Trifonas is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. His areas of interest include ethics, philosophy of education, cultural studies, literacy, and technology. Among his books are the following: Revolutionary Pedagogies: Cultural Politics, Instituting Education, and the Discourse of Theory, The Ethics of Writing: Derrida, Deconstruction, and Pedagogy, Ethics, Institutions and The Right to Philosophy (with Jacques Derrida), Roland Barthes and the Empire of Signs, Umberto Eco & Football, Pedagogies of Difference, Deconstructing the Machine (with Jacques Derrida), International Handbook of Semiotics, CounterTexts: Reading Culture.

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