November 7, 2021
HLE Network has worked with a group of organizations in Canada, Iceland, Ireland, and the United States to focus on what heritage language (HL) programs worldwide have in common and to define universal principles and good practices that will help guide HL programs. These guidelines were developed in 2021 by representatives of heritage language school communities, organizations, associations, and initiatives.
These guidelines have been designed to inspire HL programs and to be applicable across geographical and cultural contexts. They can be followed by those involved in CBHL school operation and instruction, including: managers, principals, coordinators, administrators, administrative assistants, librarians, school boards, policy makers, teachers, tutors, teaching aides/assistants, volunteers, parents, and interns.
The guidelines can also be useful to any other members of the community, to better understand the core values of the CBHL school that use the guidelines. Using the guidelines demonstrates professionalism to student's parents, politicians, community partners, and other stakeholders.