We would like this site to be a springboard for teachers and learners of heritage languages everywhere. If you would like to do a similar project with your class, we would be pleased to do Web hosting for you. Here are some suggested steps to follow:


1. Assess the presence of native-speaker resources in your location. Decide accordingly if you will pair your students with native-speaking informants, set up some kind of group exchange, or have the native speaker visit class.

2. Assess what kinds of Web-based resources your students can create. Could they make Web pages that would be useful for native speakers in your area, or for native speakers nationwide? Perhaps they could create resources for other students of the language. Since your students are learning another language, you should consider making at least part of the resources in the target language. For example, how about having your students create versions of European or American folktales in the target language?

3. Try role-playing a student and making a sample resource yourself. Take note of how you did it and of any difficulties you encountered, so you can share your experience with your students. Look at the Chinese (Big5 and GB) and Japanese sample pages for ideas.

4. Plan out the semester so there is time for drafting and publishing. If you are not skilled in Web page creation and site management, find someone to help you with the creation process and to help you manage files (each student's files contained in an individual folder, etc.). If you would like us to host for you, contact Stephen Fleming to discuss details. (We would prefer not to host video and sound — just text and images — and we would prefer very simple pages.)

5. Support your students' work by providing worksheets and guides for them. You can see some samples on this page, which describes how UH language classes did their projects.