Improve your knowledge of your home language and learn to value your bilingual heritage Use classroom immersion in the heritage language to build comprehensive language skills. Build connections between students and family members through the oral histories project, in which students conduct interviews with family and community members. Foster an appreciation for various genres of texts, including fiction, poetry, current events, and contemporary and traditional film and arts. Cultivate a love and appreciation for world cultures as well as the many diaspora cultures in Los Angeles. Encourage a lifelong connection to the ideas, history and cultures of Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Persian, and Russian- speaking people. Foster an appreciation for world cultural traditions, holidays, dance, food, music and art. Nurture friendships by building strong classroom bonds. Encourage parent and community involvement through community events and social gatherings, including a program-wide film festival and exhibition. Align curriculum with California and ACTFL standards and guidelines, to incorporate best teaching practices, such as differentiated instruction. Use technology for language learning to stimulate active and exciting learning. Use authentic materials to simulate real-life language experience.