heritage learner

[ her-i-tij lur-ner ]

  1. a person who is studying a language used by their family which they did not fully acquire in childhood because of the limited contexts of their exposure to it: Some heritage learners of Arabic may already be comfortable speaking but seek classes to learn to read and write.

Origin of heritage learner

First recorded in 1985–90 as heritage language learner
  • Also called her·it·age lan·guage learn·er [her-i-tij lang-gwij lur-ner] /ˈhɛr ɪ tɪdʒ ˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ ˌlɜr nər/ .

Words Nearby heritage learner

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