Date of Award
Master of Education
Dr. Farahnaz Faez
Research shows that heritage language (HL) maintenance benefits both the
individual and society, and that HL schools have a great impact on HL development. This study investigates the effectiveness of a HL program in supporting students to maintain their first language. I conducted a mixed methods research in a weekend Chinese HL school in a community in southwestern Ontario, utilizing various methods, such as questionnaires, focus group interviews, semi-structured interviews, and classroom observations to explore this issue.
The results revealed that many students in the Chinese school held a positive attitude towards maintaining their HL. This school presented a place for students to learn their heritage language and culture. However, limitations such as lack of sufficient certified and qualified language teachers, lack o f appropriate textbooks, teaching material and curriculum guidelines, as well as time and space restrictions impeded the quality o f instruction and success o f the program. More support is required to make the HL program more effective
Tang, Renjie, "CHINESE LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE IN A HERITAGE LANGUAGE SCHOOL" (2009). Digitized Theses. 3850.