Thai language courses at University of Hawai'i at Manoa are offered by the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literatures. Courses relating to various aspects of Thailand such as History, Anthropology, Economics are offered in various departments at the university, and are coordinated by the Center of Southeast Asian studies, School of Hawaian and Indo-Pacific Studies.
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.
Dr. Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong
Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Lang and Lit.
Spalding 255, 2540 Maile Way
University of Hawaii'i-Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
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).