Proficiency of a language is as vital as social-cultural knowledge of that country. This is an integral part of a skill set for any successful professional operating in multicultural global communities. Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawaii (UH) has created comprehensive curriculum and language materials to comply with the strategic mission and goals of the University to serve (1) our local UH students; (2) our nation and global learners via online courses offered through Outreach College and Professional Program at UH; and (3) our oversea abroad language/culture instructions for the Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK) and for the Center for Khmer Study (CKS), in order to serve the needs of our current and the next generation learners while interconnect with the goals for global use of SEA languages.
In this presentation, I will briefly talk about (1) the globalization ‘s goals of Khmer language/culture instruction in different locations that serve different needs of various types of learners; (2) its curriculum respectively; and (3) its instructional materials developed for each localized place required. Our courses range from novice to advanced levels, including literature courses with textbook and in digital format accessible via mobile devices while promote and motivate learners’ autonomy, self-directed learners and inspire them to contribute to the field and the global world. The focus is on the challenges and constraint of the glocalization of Khmer language instruction and the impact on the development on the existing language materials while connecting and delivering instruction in an e-Learning era.