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Welcome to the Heritage Language Program at Brooklyn College!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers Heritage Language Programs in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Our Heritage Language Programs consist of two-semester sequences of courses that prepare students to take content courses in the language. The Heritage Language Programs include beginning and intermediate courses for bilingual learners who have had little or no formal education in the language, but have a connection to the language through community and family ties. Our programs will expand the oral and written communication skills of heritage language learners through a project-based approach to learning.

These courses use the language students have grown-up listening to at home as the foundation for developing their proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking the home language. We know that the proficiency levels and experiences with the home language vary greatly among heritage speakers. In our Heritage Language Programs, heritage speakers of all levels (beginning, intermediate or advanced) can take courses that have been created specifically to respond to their unique needs and build upon the skill set of the heritage learner at different stages of development.

Heritage learners can both meet the Brooklyn College language requirement and continue to expand their knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian and Spanish and further develop their communicative skills.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives of Our Heritage Language Programs

  • Further develop communicative abilities.
  • Increase knowledge and use of grammatical structures and achieve communicative competence.
  • Develop an academic register.
  • The home language and culture of the heritage learner are reinforced and validated.
  • There is a specific focus on the literary and cultural production of, as well as themes and topics pertinent to, U.S. Arab, Chinese, Haitian-American, Russian, and Latinx populations. 
  • There is a focus on the specific language needs of heritage learners.


Benefits of the Heritage Language Program

  • Students are able to fulfill the Brooklyn College language requirement with one class: Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, or Spanish 1038. 
  • The specific needs of heritage speakers will be met with these tailored courses.

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Annual Schedule of Classes

Annual Schedule of Heritage Classes

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Arabic: ARAB 1038

Arabic: ARAB 2018

Chinese: CHIN 1038

Chinese: CHIN 2018

Haitian Creole: CREO 1038

Haitian Creole: CREO 2018

Russian: RUSS 1038

Russian: RUSS 2018

Spanish: SPAN 1038

Spanish: SPAN 2018

Choosing a Heritage Language Class

How to Determine Which Heritage Speaker Course Is Right for You

Contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to take a placement test.

Email: MLL@Brooklyn.Cuny.Edu

Phone: 718-951-5451

Prof. Pérez-Rosario, Department Chairperson