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KimOanh Nguyen-Lam

Distinguished Vietnamese educator taught Intermediate Vietnamese language course in 2005-06.

By Barbara Gaerlan

Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam taught Intermediate Vietnamese in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for the year 2005-06.  In Spring 2006 she also taught Introductory Vietnamese. 

She is an active community member, working to promote heritage language preservation and development for younger generations. She was successful in mobilizing her community and local school districts to institutionalize a Vietnamese Language Program at the secondary level and helped organize teacher training for over 300 Vietnamese heritage language teachers every year at CSU Long Beach in collaboration with the Association of Vietnamese Language and Cultural Schools and Center of Southern California.

Dr. Nguyen-Lam also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State University, Long Beach. She has been with CLMER since its inception in 1993, joining other CLMERites in the desire to promote educational equity for racial and linguistic minority students, families, and communities. Her areas of expertise include designing and evaluating programs and curricula for culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students; providing training in critical pedagogy, technology integration, community-based interdisciplinary curricula development, and effective instructional strategies for English language learners; designing coursework and online curriculum for CLAD/BLCAD teacher preparation and teacher in-service programs; conducting institutional program reviews of teacher preparation programs; and facilitating comprehensive program evaluations of schools and districts.

She has been on the faculty at CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton designing and teaching courses for the Bilingual Teacher Education, Educational Psychology, and Asian American Studies Departments. She participated in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the first California State University state-wide web-based teacher preparation program. She also serves on various State Advisory Panels and Committees related to teacher credentialing and preparation programs and policies. Dr. Nguyen-Lam founded and coordinated the Asian BCLAD Credential Consortium Program, bringing together five different Cal State University Campuses in the LA basin area to form a collaborative model offering bilingual teaching credentials in six Asian languages: Cantonese/Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

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