Articles and Films

Six Things You Might Not Know About Heritage Language Schools

Author: Aberdeen, Trudie

Source: Language Issues: The ESOL Journal, Volume 27, Number 1, Summer 2016, pp. 13-20(8)

Publisher: National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA)

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International Languages: ILE Program (2012 Resource Guide)

This resource guide, written by Constantine Ioannou, with ILEA (International Educators' Association), Ontario, Canada, describes how ILE (International Language Organizations, for us, community-based heritage language schools), can build and sustain the key features of these schools. It will be very helpful to leaders of community-based schools in the United States!

Read the 2012 Resource Guide here.

2019 Report on U.S. Employers' Demand for Language Skills

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Lead with Languages, ACTFL's public awareness campaign regarding the need for proficiency in languages for global engagement, have published this report, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, which shares the findings of a survey of 1,200 U.S. employers and their views about the need for language proficiency. Teachers and students in your schools will find inspiration from reading this report.

The report is available at


Lithuanian Saturday Schools in Chicago: Student Proficiency, Generational Shift, and Community Involvement, Aurelija Tamošiūnaitė (2013). 


Curriculum Development in a Heritage Language Community-based School: A Qualitative Inquiry regarding a Brazilian-Portuguese Program in South Florida, Ivian Destro Boruchowski (2014).

Handbook for Portuguese Instructors, Gláucia Silva and Ivian Destro Boruchowski (2017).

International Films Available Online

Justine Barda has developed a website for finding international films online, The site offers a database of 450,000 films, which is free to use (although most of the films aren’t free). Users can search by film title, country, language, genre, director, etc. The goal is to make available everything that’s out there, if it’s available to watch. You can click through to the streaming service of your choice.

Film and video content can be a useful tool in teaching, perhaps even more so with the rise in online education/distance learning. One feature that has proven especially popular is the sharable watchlist, which allows teachers to create watchlists of films for different courses, and to share them with students if they wish.

You can click on the “Available to view” filter on the search results page. Then “Browse All” to get to the search results page and then filter by the language. When those films come up, click on “Available to view,” and see what results you get.

Note: Some of the films that come up for the language are not in the language, but the language is mentioned, so it comes up.

If you have questions, you can write to Justine,


Published: Friday, November 17, 2023