Sample Curriculum Guides (PDFs):
1) Strengthened cultural connections: For students who grow up in the United States and attend US schools, teacher-supported study of home language and culture can provide the tools for communicating with community members and family members.
2) Cognitive, academic, and professional benefits: Heritage language and culture classes promote bilingualism, which supports students in developing important cognitive, academic, and professional skills. Research shows that bilingualism improves certain executive functions, such as staying focused on a specific task as well as switching between tasks while still retaining information. Bilingualism also opens up a wide array of educational and job opportunities once students graduate.