Heritage Languages – What are they?

It is estimated that approximately one in five people in Germany speaks another family language in addition to German. Hundreds of thousands of young people in Germany are growing up multilingually. The highest percentage is represented by people who use Russian and Turkish alongside German in their daily lives. In fact, the number of languages and language combinations is constantly growing. Unfortunately, multilingualism is often not yet seen as an opportunity, but as an obstacle to successful social integration. This is despite the fact that multilingualism has many advantages and already provides a valuable resource for today's society.

For this reason the Language Resource Centre at the TU Darmstadt has been offering courses for several years in heritage languages in Polish, Russian and Turkish. These courses give heritage language speakers the opportunity to expand and improve their existing language skills in order to potentially use them later professionally. Heritage language courses start at a much higher level, focus on the particular problems of heritage language speakers and thus differ significantly from regular foreign language courses.