The Hmong language program in the Asian languages and literatures department is one of the first programs to teach language-accredited Hmong classes. It is a model program sought by numerous K–12 institutions of learning from all over the states as well as higher education programs in other universities. It is unique in its approach to language learning in that it utilizes all the different aspects of communication as the foundation and incrementally imbeds culture as a base for vocabulary building. Graduates of this program gain a deep understanding of the language and culture as well as fluency in reading, writing, and speaking. Students of the Hmong language program come from all walks of life, from the traditional student to working professionals interested in gaining further knowledge in Hmong language and culture.
Our program consists of four different tracks ranging from a beginning to advanced level.
Intro Track: True Beginner Students 1001
Students with no prior experience or very limited experience in spoken Hmong. Students start from a true beginner’s language experience, focusing on the self and leading to community. The intro track leads into the traditional track as students are immersed in a heritage learner’s environment and therefore, immersed in Hmong.
Level 1: Traditional/Heritage Students 1011, 1012, 3021, 3022
Students with a high beginner to low intermediate level of spoken Hmong. Students focus on the fluency of reading and writing as culture and new vocabularies are incrementally added for a deeper understanding of language and community.
Level 2: Accelerated Students 1015, 1016
Students with a high intermediate level of spoken Hmong or a high beginner background of reading and writing. Students are immersed in 90% Hmong right from the beginning of class and continue through to the authentic usage of Hmong language in deeper aspects of language usage such as poetry, riddles, proverbs and story-telling.
Level 3: Advanced Students 3031, 3032
The advanced courses are not a track, in and of itself, but are optional courses for any student minoring in Asian Languages & Literature with a Hmong focus. These courses are requirements for students majoring with a focus on Hmong. The advanced courses are currently being taught on campus but are in the process of becoming study abroad courses for a full immersion curriculum in China, where the roots of the Hmong have been strongly planted. All three tracks follow the same curriculum alignment. Graduates from all three tracks learn the same materials, unique to each track and the teaching/delivery of materials. Graduates from all three tracks are expected to pass the same levels of exams and are on track to take advanced Hmong, which is currently a third-year option for Minors in Hmong and requirement for majors.