Words of wisdom from a Canadian coalition

Interview with Trudie Aberdeen and Nina Paulovicova of the International Heritage Language Association (IHLA) in Edmonton, Alberta.

Having operated for over 40 years, the IHLA is an umbrella organization in Edmonton, Canada, which offers several benefits to its member heritage language schools, including regular professional development and an annual joint celebration between language schools. We asked them about their history and current projects. It is inspiring to see what is possible when heritage language schools join forces!

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More language choices for students with Taal naar Keuze

Interview with Karijn Helsloot from Taal naar Keuze

Helping secondary school students take final exams in one of their home languages, expanding language options for Dutch students -- these are among the goals of "Taal naar Keuze." Find out more about this new stichting and its services.

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Heritage language education now part of Brainport's vision for internationalization in schools

Interview with Mieke Zijlstra from Brainport

"We have seen the research that shows that there are benefits for children who maintain their mother language, so we now will include this in our activities."

Read the interview to find out how Brainport now promotes heritage language education and how it values the working relationship with HLSE.

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Discover Stichting Supportpunt's services in Eindhoven

Interview with Yardena Raatgever and Arjen Buit from Stichting Supportpunt

Many heritage language schools are in the form of stichtingen (or verenigingen) or are planning to take the step to become a stichting or vereniging in the future. Stichting Supportpunt has been providing a range of services exclusively for stichtingen and verenigingen in Eindhoven for more than ten years. We spoke with them to find out more!

The interview is available in English and in Dutch.


Inspiration and advice from an Icelandic coalition


Interview with Maria Sastre and Renata Emilsson Peskova from Iceland's "Móðurmál" coalition of heritage language schools

The NGO "Móðurmál" has 25 years of experience supporting language groups in Iceland. We reached out to them to learn about their many successes, including a new international library in Reykjavík. We also ask what advice they have for new coalitions getting started.

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Tapping into multilingualism as a resource in Dutch primary schools


Interview with Joana Duarte of the 3M project Meer Kansen Met Meertaligheid

Joana Duarte, PhD, is a professor of multilingualism at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. We reached out to Joana because she runs the 3M project “Meer Kansen met Meertaligheid." We asked Joana how primary school teachers in Eindhoven can use the 3M toolbox to incorporate multilingualism into their classrooms.

The interview is available in English and in Dutch.

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Taking inspiration from a U.S. coalition


Interview with Joy Peyton of the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Joy Kreeft Peyton, PhD, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. Joy has over 35 years of experience in linguistics and with the promotion of heritage languages. She agreed to answer a few questions from HLSE about her experience running a coalition of heritage language schools.

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