Resources for heritage language school
teachers and managers


Informative videos

In this section you will find videos to webinars, presentations, and workshops that are free to view.

from Washington, U.S.

Dr. Maria Carreira's keynote address from the 2018 Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference at American University in Washington, DC is about project-based learning. PBL is a proficiency-oriented instructional approach that supports real-world language use, fosters student engagement, and facilitates learner-centered instruction. These features make PBL ideal for teaching HL learners. (You can start at 25 minutes to skip conference opening.)

from Washington, U.S.

Remote learning can be very effective for heritage language (HL) learners because it supports developing the presentational speaking and writing modes of communication in ways that in-person language classes often do not. In this session you'll learn how to use the Global Competence Certificate with HL learners to engage them in a meaningful project and meet their linguistic and intercultural needs while teaching from a distance.

from Brussels

NESET has recently published an extensive analytical report entitled The future of language education in Europe: case studies of innovative practices, building on its previous work in this area - Multilingual Education in the Light of Diversity: Lessons Learned. NESET is an international advisory network of experts working on the social dimension of education and training. It was set up at the initiative of the European Commission, and has been coordinated by PPMI since 2015. This report aims to support the implementation of the Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages, adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2019. It emphasizes the importance of innovative language education in an increasingly interconnected and intercultural world.

The report incorporates six case studies on inspiring language teaching approaches, policies and tools implemented in various contexts across Europe and beyond. See the list of all 4 NESET webinars on language education and multilingualism in which the details of the most relevant findings of this report are presented and discussed.

from Alberta, Canada

A professional development video from the International and Heritage Languages Association is an umbrella organization which supports language schools in the province of Alberta.

from California, the U.S.

Heritage language learners differ from typical second language learners in a variety of ways, including (1) their language proficiency (2.) reasons for studying their home language, and (3) their perception of themselves as Americans and, at the same time, the "other."

Dr. Kagan discusses the results of a national survey in the U.S. that demonstrates heritage language learners' attitude toward their heritage language. She will also focus on specific pedagogical implications of the learners' identities, motivations, and language perceptions for the heritage language curriculum.



from California, the U.S.

In conjunction with STARTALK, the National Heritage Language Resource Center in the U.S. has developed this online course for language instructors who teach heritage language (HL) students. The course consists of five self-paced modules. The modules can be followed by individual teachers wanting to improve their teaching skills and better serve their HL students.

If all five modules are completed, the NHLRC will issue a certificate. (This is not a UCLA-issued certificate.) The course costs between $75 and $150.

Teaching Heritage Languages:

free online tutorials

from California, the U.S.

By STARTALK / National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) in U.S.: 

Modules 1 and 2 are self-paced online tutorials that are designed for teachers of world and heritage languages.

  1. As you complete the first module, you will gain a better understanding of important differences between heritage language learners (HLLs) and foreign language learners (FLLs).

  2. In the second module, you will learn about strategies for working with heritage language students in the classroom.

  3. Module 3 focuses on issues that are language specific. For each language, you will hear a scholar discuss topics that s/he has found relevant and challenging in the teaching of that language to heritage language students.

Future Learn

from Groningen, the Netherlands

A free, 4-week course from Future Learn, called "Multilingual Practices: Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities" teaches about central aspects of multilingualism in today's globalised societies, such as cognition, policies and (heritage language) education.


Teaching materials

The Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) has established this portal to bring together available resources to support teaching both in out-of-hours  community languages schools and primary and secondary schools. For many languages there is a gap in quality heritage language teaching materials. So far there are materials available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Turkish, and Vietnamese. HL teachers from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit materials.

Langaroo is an online language platform to play with language together. It was developed by the VoorleesExpress and to enable stimulation of language development children, regardless of their mother tongue. Available in English, Dutch, Arabic, Polish, and Turkish.

Free digital materials for multilingual learners

This page from NHLRC contains curricula that were created by heritage language (HL) instructors who have participated in a summer HL teacher workshop. These projects are course curricula that incorporate principles of HL pedagogy and which have been placed into practice in real-world classrooms.


Reading material & guides

Ontario guide

This resource guide written by researchers in Ontario in 2012 explains how to build and sustain a heritage language school.

Icelandic guide

An umbrella organization for heritage language programs in Iceland helped prepare these guidelines for the support of mother tongues and active plurilingualism in schools and after school programs.


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