The North Carolina World Language Essential Standards includes two levels of heritage language courses, or what were formerly called native speakers courses, as part of Dual & Heritage Languages. Heritage language courses are designed for students who have home backgrounds in a language other than English or come from other immersion experiences, formal or informal.

Heritage language courses help students bridge into advanced modern language courses, such as Level IV or AP.

Using Spanish as an example for alphabetic languages, heritage language students can enroll in Spanish Heritage I and Spanish Heritage II, which is an honors course because it is equivalent to a Level III modern language course in proficiency expectations.

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Upon completion of these two courses, students can proceed to Spanish IV and/or Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language, where they will be joined by fourth- and/or fifth-year students who are studying Spanish as a modern language.


Using Chinese as an example for logographic languages, heritage language students can enroll in Chinese Heritage I and Chinese Heritage II, which is an honors course because it is equivalent to a Level III modern language course in proficiency expectations.
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Upon completion of these two courses, students can proceed to Chinese IV and/or Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language & Culture, where they will be joined by fourth- and/or fifth-year students who are studying Chinese as a modern language.



Resources for SNS or Heritage Language Programs

Links to Digest Articles from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)