Hoa Lê started teaching Vietnamese language at UHM in Fall 2020. She is an advocate of “learning by doing” and believes that language learning is best facilitated by practicing in meaningful situations. She is interested in creating an engaging, and motivating language classroom where the students feel safe and encouraged to participate in the community of practice.
Hoa holds a Master’s degree in Second Language Studies (SLS) from UHM and is now a PhD candidate in the SLS department. Her dissertation focuses on improving the quality of teaching Vietnamese at UHM through action research. Before coming to her PhD program, Hoa worked as a reporter for the Viet Nam News, the national English newspaper in Vietnam. She was also the managing editor for several lifestyle magazines in Vietnamese such as Sống, The Collection, MBike Vietnam. She has taught Vietnamese as a second language in Korea, and English as a second language in Vietnam and at UHM. In her free time, she likes to cook, take care of her plants and go swimming.
Thầy Huy has taught intermediate Vietnamese (VIET 201-202) since Fall 2020. As a successful language learner himself, and being a language educator and researcher of how languages are learned, he firmly believes that “people do not learn to use a language, but they learn by using it“. Thus, he often brings authentic materials, tasks, and projects for his students to work on while drawing their attention to linguistic features so that they can learn them in a meaningful way.
He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship to pursue the master degree specializing in language assessment, measurement, and program evaluation (2014-2016). Currently he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He is also a self-taught designer and Vietnamese folk music lover. He loves hiking, designing cool stuff and playing the bamboo flute. Learn more about him at http://phunghuy.net
Dr. Stephen O’Harrow
Former coordinator of the Vietnamese Language Program
Professor Emeritus Stephen O’Harrow received his PhD from Sorbonne, his master’s degree from the University of London and his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan. Some of his publications include “Suggested Philological Approaches to the Interpretation of Early Walled and/or Moated Sites in Indochina, Asian perspectives,” “Reading and Writing Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (Book + CD ROM),” “Vietnamese Women and Confucianism: creating spaces from patriarchy, in Male and Female in Developing Southeast Asia,” “A Vietnamese Primer. HyperText Electronic Introductory Course in Spoken and Written Vietnamese” and “Culture as a background for development: the case of Viet Nam, NIAS Report 1990.”
Email: soh [at] hawaii.edu