New multilingual and multicultural certificate helps local professionals

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A new graduate certificate that educates and trains graduate students from various disciplines to collaborate and embrace multilingual multicultural awareness and understanding in their professional practices will be offered at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa from summer 2022. Multilingual multilingual professional practice (MMPP), a 15-credit interdisciplinary program, is the premier intercollegiate certificate program in the EUH System by EUH Mānoa College of Education (Center of excellence) and the College of Arts, Languages ​​and Letters.

“We use the term ‘multilingual’ to be consistent with current perspectives in the field of second language studies,” said the second language studies professor. Graham crookes, one of the designers of the program. “Instead of using terms such as ‘learning English’, multilingual emphasizes the cultural and linguistic assets of individuals and recognizes the need to foster the maintenance and acquisition of the heritage language at large. , not just English. These perspectives can lead to educational, social and economic benefits both for professionals and for the communities they serve.

Multilingual corridor of Kaimuki high school.

MMPP hire others EUH Professional schools in Mānoa, such as the William S. Richardson School of Law, to promote social justice, equity and sustainability. Part of the EUH Mānoa’s multilingual multicultural strategic initiative, the certificate cultivates a strong sense of belonging, building on Hawaii unique cultures and languages, while preparing graduate students to become leaders in multilingualism, multiculturalism and linguistic human rights.

Link courses to the professional field

Structured so that students from various disciplines share two core multilingual multicultural courses, the other three courses in the MMPP program will be elective multilingual multicultural courses related to their professional field in the context of Hawaii. Hawaiian culture, history and language are fundamental throughout the program. Students will collaborate on an integrative final project drawing on their new, multilingual, multicultural understanding of their professional field.

“It will be exciting to see students network together in different disciplines, professions and orientations, to identify problems and create solutions and programs to better serve our multilingual multicultural communities,” said the professor. Patricia halagao, one of the designers of the program and president of the Center of excellence Department of Curriculum Studies, which administers the certificate.

Working with multilingual multicultural populations

The MMPP The certificate provides important knowledge and skills that professionals, including lawyers and educators, need to work effectively with multilingual, multicultural populations.

For educators, MMPP The courses address essential local policies and national professional standards to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and values ​​necessary to support their multilingual multicultural learners in Hawaii.

Brook Chapman from Sousa, Center of excellence Institute for Teacher Education, associate professor and collaborating designer, said: “We have designed a specific set of courses aligned with the Hawaii Ministry of Education Nā Hopena A’o place-based policy and teaching English to speakers of other languages ​​(TESOL) standards. We are in the process of seeking approval of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Council to MMPP graduates can earn their TESOL Licence.”

The EUH Mānoa vision statement, Ka lamakū o ke aloha ‘āina: An aloha lighthouse ‘āina for Hawaii and the world, is at the heart of this certificate.

“This graduate certificate is based on the belief that EUH Mānoa should be a leader in this regard and must cultivate a deep understanding, respect and skills in the cultural and linguistic diversity and interdependence of this place, ”said Dina yoshimi, associate professor and director of the Hawaii Linguistic roadmap. “This vision will only be strengthened if we better understand each other’s languages, cultures and various ‘rich knowledge systems’ to serve our local and global communities. “

This program is an example of EUH Mānoa’s goal of improving student success (PDF), one of the four objectives identified in the 2015-25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

For more information on the application process and program, contact Halagao at phalagao@hawaii.edu.

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