Building on its experience in the classroom, innovative teaching resources and trusted community know-how, the program has developed over the past six years strong ties with major research institutions across the United States, including with specialized research centers such as the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) (Washington, D.C.), the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA (Los Angeles, California), and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Several times a year, our coordinator and board president also participate in regional or national language conferences such as FLENJ, NECTFL, or ACTFL, to share resources and pedagogical methods with teachers and administrators. We regularly conduct surveys towards our populations and share results with other heritage language programs in America. In Fall 2011, The FHLP coordinator was appointed French Language Representative for the Heritage Alliance at the Center for Applied Linguistics, thus adding to the academic recognition and influence of our program. FHLP is also a member of an ACTFL Special Interest Group focusing on the teaching of heritage languages.
After taking part in several national research conferences, the Program initiated its first conference in New York City in November 2011. This event brought together professors, students, academics, scientists and community leaders to debate heritage language learning and its ability to promote social cohesion among youth at school and beyond in the United States. All panels’ interventions are available for viewing on our website and YouTube Channel.