The Pedagogical Practices of an Immigrant Parent: Maintaining Heritage Language in the Home Context

By

Emma Chen

PhD Candidate at University of Saskatchewan

The maintenance of heritage language is essential to immigrant children’s linguistic, cultural, and social development. While there is a large body of literature on heritage language, how heritage language is practiced at home remains largely unknown. Engaging in an autobiographical narrative inquiry, I tell and retell stories of our pedagogical practices in the home context. I seek to bridge the research gap with new understandings of the “parent knowledge” that immigrant parents bring to bear in heritage language education. I invite you into my home and immigrant family’s language journey to witness the efforts, challenges, and rewards of learning heritage language.


Chen, E. (2021). The Pedagogical Practices of an Immigrant Parent: Maintaining Heritage Language in the Home Context . LEARNing Landscapes, 14(1), 29-43. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v14i1.1026