Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong is an assistant professor of Thai who coordinates the Thai program drawing upon her 20-year experience teaching Thai as a foreign language. She has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is no stranger to the University of Hawai’i where she received her Master’s degree in Linguistics. Before coming to Hawai’i, she taught Linguistics at Thammasat University in Thailand. In accord with the University’s mission of positioning itself as a distinguished resource and leading institution in Asia-Pacific affairs, Hoonchamlong hopes that the Thai program will gain international recognition for its language instruction, as well as for its cultural teachings, which are invaluable for communicative proficiency. To achieve this goal, she is determined to develop effective instructional materials and employ innovative instructional methodology; attract more students and increase community access to the Thai program; strengthen the relationship between students and the local Thai communities/businesses; and increase collaboration between other relevant departments and schools at UH.
Chintana Y. Takahashi
Chintana Y. Takahashi has taught Thai at UHM since August 2000. She has experience teaching Thai language for Japan-Thai Cultural Association, and Japanese language for NHK in Japan. She also taught the first Japanese language course ever offered at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus, and continued teaching there until the program became established. She keeps current with innovative approaches to language acquisition by attending workshops regularly, and applies the acquired techniques to her knowledge to maximize the efficacy of Thai language instruction. She attended Mahidol University, Tokyo University of Education, University of Tsukuba, Princeton University, and Rutgers University (New Brunswick).
Starting in 2006, Thai has been added to a list of strategic languages that receive funding from the Department of State’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program which bring in young native speaker instructors from their home countries to U.S. educational institutions to establish a native speaker presence in the language program.
The Thai language program at UH is in the group of US institutions participating from the first year of the Thai-FLTA program (academic year 2006-2007), hosting one FLTA from Thailand. The presence of the FLTA adds an energetic and up-to-date cultural component and dynamic to our Thai language classes and enables us to offer more courses.
For Thai teachers of English interested in applying for this FLTA program, contact: Fulbright Thailand’s FLTA program.