The Chinese Heritage Language Education and Research Project (CHeLER) at the University of Toledo seeks to improve the teaching and learning of Chinese heritage language and culture in the United States by gathering and disseminating resources related to Chinese heritage education and information about community-based Chinese heritage programs to educators, parents, and the general public. Visit the CHeLER website.
The goals of the project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (International Research and Studies Grant), are to provide information and resources to strengthen existing Chinese community-based schools and to encourage their development where they do not exist; encourage dialogue that results in resource sharing, research collaboration, and articulation between formal education systems and heritage community school systems; and inform policy makers, school administrators, teacher trainers, and parents seeking to use and develop the Chinese language as a national linguistic resource.
- Directory of Chinese Heritage Schools and Programs in the U.S.
The directory provides information about and contact information for Chinese heritage language programs in the United States. Search the Directory.
- Profiles of the Chinese Heritage Schools and Programs in the U.S.
The database includes a program description with information about instruction, materials, students, instructors, and other pertinent information about each Chinese heritage program that participated in the project. Read the program profiles.
- Online Resources for Chinese Heritage Education
The resources provide professional development materials and other resources for teachers, parents, and Chinese heritage language learners. Browse the online resources.
- Chinese Teaching Materials Resources – in development
Teaching materials will include a searchable online database of textbooks and instructional materials for Chinese heritage speakers and learners of Chinese as a foreign language, comments on the materials by users, lesson plans developed and shared by teachers, and news about new publications. Watch the CHeLER website for updates.