UH Manoa linguistics students win national "Partners in Excellence" award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kenneth Rehg, (808)956-3227
Department of Linguistics
Posted: Apr 1, 2005

HONOLULU — The Language Documentation Project, organized by students in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was recently presented the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/NAFSA ʻPartners in Excellence‘ award for 2005.

The program and student participants will receive $1,500. Roundtip airfare along with two nights‘ hotel stay will also be given to one faculty, staff member, or administrator to attend the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, during which they will get a chance to present their program. Valerie Guerin, current director of the project, has been chosen to be awarded the travel funds and will make the presentation at the conference.

The Language Documentation Project was created to train speakers of undocumented languages how to document their own language. Students spent a term attending classes on language documentation techniques and issues that were voluntarily taught by graduate students in the Linguistics department.

This TOEFL award recognizes a collaborative effort by international students and faculty, staff, or administrators to develop or improve an international activity or program at a postsecondary institution in the United States.

NAFSA promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States. It sets standards of good practice, and provides professional education and training that strengthen institutional programs, and services related to international educational exchange. Members number more than 8,000 individuals from all 50 states and 80 countries.