Heritage Language Education Network
Formerly known as Heritage Language Schools Eindhoven
Heritage language (HL) programs play an important role in the education and development of multilingual children in the community. These programs provide the opportunity for children to develop a language that they speak at home, but are not able to study at school. By participating in a network in Eindhoven and beyond, heritage language programs enjoy increased opportunities for reaching the public and for professional development.
What is heritage language education?
Parents of multilingual children want them to be able to connect with other children and extended family members who speak the same home language, to learn to read and write in the home language, and to understand the traditions of the home culture. A strong basis in the home language leads to greater social and academic success overall for multilingual children.
Heritage language schools are also called “mother tongue” schools. They are usually non-profit initiatives founded and operated by parents from a particular language community in order to maintain the language and culture of their (children’s) heritage. Lessons take place after school time or in the weekend throughout the school year.
Although heritage language schools are an important supplement to multilingual children’s education, they operate outside of the education system in most countries, including the Netherlands. Heritage language schools sometimes help students prepare for language tests that are used in the Dutch secondary school system or that are available from the home country.
Want to know more? Check out HLE Network's resources page!