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Heritage Speaker

(also called a heritage learner) a person who speaks or is studying a language “who has some proficiency in or a cultural connection to that language through family, community, or country of origin;” heritage learners’ levels can vary widely in terms of oral proficiency, literacy, and connection to the language and culture, and they often have different needs than students studying the language as a foreign language. (As defined by the Center for Applied Linguistics, http://www.cal.org/heritage/research/faqs.html#2