According to the 2012 Census, the Vietnamese American community has grown to a total of about 1.7 million members, making them the fourth largest foreign-born population from Asia. As the result, the majority of students enrolled in Vietnamese language classes in the US have been heritage learners. However, more often than not these heterogeneous heritage learners who speak Vietnamese with different regional accents have to learn their home language in the context of mixed-classes–combined language classes of both heritage learners and non-heritage learners. In this talk, Lê Phạm Thuý-Kim shares her experience in developing teaching materials and adopting instructional approaches to respond effectively to the needs of language learners in mixed-classes.
Lê Phạm Thuý-Kim has taught Vietnamese language at Arizona State University for the last 25 years. She has been active in the Group of Universities for the Advancement of Vietnamese in America (GUAVA) since 1991 and served as GUAVA Chair of Academic Affairs, Vice President, and Chair of the Proficiency Guidelines Committee. She has published two Vietnamese textbooks, six workbooks and also developed many web-based learning activities for learners of Vietnamese.