The Center is dedicated to enhancing Southeast Asian Studies on campus and serving as an important resource on Southeast Asia for students, teachers, and community members through its outreach programs and initiatives.

National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies

As a National Resource Center designated by the Title VI grant under the U.S. Department of Education, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is committed to expanding Southeast Asian language instruction, improving K-12 and post-secondary teaching training and promoting community outreach.

To read more about our ongoing activities: National Resource Center Programs 2018-2022 

Title VI Grant 2018-2022

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies have worked together as a consortium National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies since 2000.

Our primary mandate under the Title VI grant for 2018-2022 is to further expand our impact by:

  • promoting an informal Southeast Asian Studies network within the University of California and California State University systems to be developed through faculty exchange, conferences and graduate student training;
  • support students through the Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship in acquiring advanced Southeast Asian language skills and area studies expertise to pursue careers in academia, non-profit sectors, business, international organizations and other areas of national need;
  • holding a series of pedagogy workshops for Southeast Asian language instructors based at universities and community colleges in California as well as nationally, to include regular collaboration with UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center, Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages and Southeast Asian Language Council;
  • collaborating with teacher education programs such as UCLA History-Geography Project to engage an increased number of K-12 teachers in California;
  • developing curriculum materials, language teaching resources, and digital resources related to Southeast Asian Studies for educators that are accessible online;
  • hosting regular public programs and community events on campus to deepen understanding about Southeast Asia.

Upcoming Workshops: 

For a list of upcoming professional development workshops for educators: 

UCLA Center X

UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies

UC Berkeley Professional Development for Educators 

To access our K-12 teacher resources: Curriculum Materials

Past K-12 teacher training workshops:

Sites of Encounter in World History: Malacca and Ottoman Empire, 1400-1800 (2021)
This two-day K-12 teacher training webinar focused on sites in Southeast Asia and the Middle East during the 15th-17th centuries to help teachers integrate more area studies into their classroom instruction.  

Sites of Encounter in World History: Gupta Empire and Srivijaya Kingdom, 300-1200 (2019)
This free two-day teacher training pedagogy workshop focused on South and Southeast Asia was developed for K-12 public school educators to align with the CA History Social Science Framework.

Teaching History Conference at UCLA (2019)
This conference explored the question: What can culturally relevant and inclusive teaching look like in history and social studies classrooms across the K-16 continuum?

The Future of Southeast Asia: Exploring Issues of Religion, Politics, and Territories (2018)
UCLA CSEAS Director George Dutton joined the Indonesian General Consul and other international affairs experts on a panel at a workshop for 100+ students and educators at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. 

Cudamani: Balinese Gamelan and Dance (2018)
In partnership with the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance’s Design for Sharing Program, UCLA CSEAS brought Cudamani, a Balinese gamelan and dance group, to campus for a performance and workshop for 1500 K-12 students and teachers. 

Bringing Balinese Gamelan to K-12 students and educators in LA (2017)
UCLA CSEAS collaborated with UCLA Center for the Art of Performance’s Design for Sharing Program to cosponsor a lecture demonstration on Balinese gamelan for a group of 80 music students and their teachers from Porter Middle School.

Vietnamese teacher with a mission (2013)
UCLA Vietnamese instructor, Chuc Bui, teaches a workshop for the Association of the Vietnamese Language and Culture Schools (TAVIET-LCS), which prepares immigrant volunteers to teach Vietnamese in local community language schools.

International Studies K-12 Workshop (2011)
This professional development workshop for K-12 teachers focused on the International Studies Advisory curriculum framework and provided pedagogical strategies for teaching geography and world regions at different grade levels and across the curriculum.

Upcoming Workshops: 

SEALC Reading Proficiency Assessment Workshop
March 3-6, 2022 at Northern Illinois University
Deadline: October 11, 2021 | Apply Here
The Southeast Asian Language Council (SEALC) invites applications from Southeast Asian language instructors for this workshop. This professional development opportunity will provide a valuable opportunity for participants to collaborate with colleagues across the United States, to develop reading proficiency assessment materials for the field of Southeast Asian languages. Lodging, meals, and workshop fees are covered for all participants. Applicants must have attended an ACTFL OPI workshop or plan to attend an ACTFL OPI workshop prior to the reading proficiency assessment workshop.

To access our language teaching resources: Curriculum Materials

Ongoing opportunities for language instructors:

Southeast Asian Language Council
SEALC is a national organization that promotes and coordinates activities in the field of Southeast Asian language teaching in the US.

Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages
COTSEAL encourages new language instructors to join as members and attend upcoming workshops and conferences on Southeast Asian language teaching and pedagogy.

UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center
The National Heritage Language Resource Center holds summer workshops and conferences focused on training cohorts of K-16 and community school instructors of heritage languages in the development of innovative heritage curricula to address the challenge of teaching heritage language students.

Past language workshops:

Southeast Asian Language Council Publication Workshop (2021)

Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages Workshops & Conferences

COTSEAL 37 Virtual Conference (2021)
COTSEAL Webinar on Connecting Second Language Acquisition to Language Teaching 
COTSEAL/SEALC Workshop on Heritage Language & Project-Based Learning 
COTSEAL 36 Virtual Conference
COTSEAL 35 Conference
COTSEAL 34 Conference

UCLA NHLRC Heritage Language Research Institute

Language similarity and language distance in bilingual/heritage situations (2021)
Complexity in Heritage Grammars (2020)

UCLA NHLRC STARTALK Heritage Language Teacher Workshop

Summer 2021 
Summer 2019
Summer 2018

International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (2018)

The Center is committed to providing opportunities for any community college instructor in California to receive training to incorporate more Southeast Asian Studies into their curriculum and instruction.

To receive funding to attend these workshops: ntong@international.ucla.edu

Upcoming Workshops:


Ongoing opportunities for community college instructors:

UC Berkeley ORIAS Summer Institutes for Community College Teachers
The Office of Resources for International and Area Studies hosts a Community College Summer Institute every year, designed for community college and AP-level history and social studies teachers, exploring unique themes in World History and train teachers to incorporate new content into classroom lessons. 

Past community college workshops:

Teaching History Conference at UCLA (2019) 

UC Berkeley ORIAS Online World History Cohort (2018)

UC Berkeley ORIAS Summer Institute for Community College Teachers

People Power (2020)
The Global Rise of National Populism (2019)
Migration & Diaspora (2018)

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Photo for Tracing global convergence and interconnection
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Tracing global convergence and interconnection from Malacca & Ottoman Empire
The 2021 Sites of Encounter K-12 teacher workshop showcases these two major trade centers as prominent drivers of global integration and cultural diffusion.

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Expanding heritage & project-based teaching of Southeast Asian languages
Southeast Asian language instructors from across the U.S. are trained on the principles and practices of Project-Based Learning and how it could complement heritage language teaching.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Radical storytelling to transform lived and inherited pasts into strength
Vietnamese American playwright and performer Susan Lieu discusses the stages of traumatic healing and how to set free personal and family stories for empowerment.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
Experimenting with new ways to teach Southeast Asian languages during the pandemic
The latest webinar organized by the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages trained language faculty on how to better teach multiword units to second language learners.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
Daughters of Burmese revolutionaries share their memories and stories of resilience
Two daughters of Burmese political prisoners share their personal experiences growing up and reflect on their father's activism in the democracy movement in Myanmar.