“”This is the first time that people outside our language community have really wanted to talk to me.”
Joy Peyton listens. Leaders who desire to empower others, to let the voices of others be heard, to engage all who live in a community in the full life of the community: these are the ones who, as we hear in this episode, experience adults crying from the pent-up emotion of relief from finally being validated, valued, and included.
Joy Peyton is my guest for Episode 24 and for the heritage language podcast series of Episodes 60, 61, 62, and 63. She lives those values and uses her organizational and leadership skills to establish and collaborate in organizations and movements that extend the invitation and open the doors to inclusion.
Connect up with Joy. See her requests below (in Resources) for how to help open doors through your own contribution. Let’s join with her to let all voices be heard.
Joy Peyton’s Bio
Joy Kreeft Peyton – President, Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools
Joy Kreeft Peyton, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). She has been working on issues of heritage language and mother tongue education for over 30 years. She was a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, hosted at CAL, and is now president of the Coalition for Community-Based Heritage Language Schools https://heritagelanguageschools.org. She is co-editor of Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource and Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy. She has worked in Ethiopia, Nepal, and The Gambia (on projects funded by USAID and the World Bank) to develop educational materials, including leveled readers, in children’s mother tongues, for individual and group reading.
To connect with the Coalition, please consider the following actions:
To connect with the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools, please consider the following actions:
- Take a look at our website, which describes who we are and has resources for community-based schools: National Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools (heritagelanguageschools.org)
- Sign up to receive our newsletter, so you can learn about our annual conference, Webinars, and other activities and resources: Newsletter (heritagelanguageschools.org)
- Think about if you or others in your language community would like to participate in our conference, October 7 & 8, 2022. You will receive announcements about it in our newsletter and on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HeritageLanguageSchools
- If you know of community-based heritage language schools, let them know about our school survey. We would love for them to be documented there: https://heritagelanguageschools.org/coalition/article/195280
- Think about if you would like to collaborate with us, as a Coalition Language Representative: https://heritagelanguageschools.org/coalition/article/196783
Resources That Might Be of Interest
In this special issue of the Heritage Language Journal, community-based schools describe how they cultivate capacity, opportunity, and desire, key factors in the maintenance and growth of a language.
Lo Bianco, J., & Peyton, J.K. (Eds.) (2013, Winter). Vitality of heritage languages in the United States. Special issue of the Heritage Language Journal, 10(3).
Reading in the heritage language is such an engaging, rich experience! For children and adults. This Heritage Language Resources Hub provides links to online sites around the world that have interesting books in hundreds of heritage languages. There are also sites where individuals or groups can translate books into their language or create new books in their language. Overview — Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults (leslla.org)
References during podcast Episode 60:
Joshua Fishman’s studies of community-based heritage language schools: Fishman, J. A. (1966). Language loyalty in the United States. The Hague, Netherlands: Mouton. – documented 1,855 schools
Fishman, J. A. (1985). The rise and fall of the ethnic revival. Berlin. Mouton de Gruyter. – documented 6,533 schools
Joshua Fishman’s talk at our first heritage language conference, 1999:
Fishman, J. A. (2001). 300-plus years of heritage language education. In J. K. Peyton, D. A. Ranard, & S. McGinnis (Eds.), Heritage languages in America: Preserving a national resource (pp. 81-108). Washington, DC and McHenry, IL: Center for Applied Linguistics & Delta Systems.
Guadalupe Valdes’ talk at our first heritage language conference, 1999: Valdés, G. (2001). Heritage language students: Profiles and possibilities. In J. K. Peyton, D. A. Ranard, & S. McGinnis (Eds.), Heritage languages in America: Preserving a national resource (pp. 37-77). Washington, DC and McHenry, IL: Center for Applied Linguistics & Delta Systems.
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