Heritage Language Survey Report

Sec. 5/10: Language Study

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These questions examine the subjects’ previous exposure to HL language instruction and to non-HL foreign language instruction.

19. In addition to English and your HL what other languages do you speak or have you studied? (Check as many as apply)

Language  
American Sign Language 9 0.46%
Arabic 18 0.91%
Armenian 6 0.30%
Chinese 229 11.61%
French 401 20.33%
German 60 3.04%
Greek 9 0.46%
Hebrew 30 1.52%
Hindi 12 0.61%
Italian 70 3.55%
Japanese 167 8.47%
Korean 16 0.81%
Latin 52 2.64%
Portuguese 9 0.46%
Russian 43 2.18%
Spanish 799 40.52%
Tagalog 7 0.35%
Taiwanese 9 0.46%
Vietnamese 6 0.30%
Other 20 1.01%

1397 (82%) of respondents reported that they have studied a language other than English or their HL. It is not surprising that Spanish is by far the most popular choice, with 629 (54%) of all respondents whose HL is not Spanish reporting having studied Spanish. The “Chinese” response includes both Cantonese and Mandarin, and so is a somewhat unreliable number.

20. Have you studied your heritage language at a community/church school?

The majority of respondents (984, or 59.2%) did not study their HL in a community or church school. Of those who did, the largest group (209, or 12.6%) did so for more than four years. For all other groups, the rate of community school attendance decreases with the number of years attended. 173 (10.4%) attended for one year or less, 129 (7.8%) for 1-2 years, 86 (5.2%) for 2-3 years, and 62 (3.7%) for 3-4 years. Most of the 20 “Other” responses mention having attended school abroad or in their HL country, which casts doubts on whether the respondents understood what was meant by a community or church school.