1. What is ASK?

The Advanced Study of Khmer (ASK) program is an intensive six-week advanced Khmer language-training program held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It aims to fill in a void in the academic community by providing 3rd year level students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural interaction with all segments of Cambodian society.

2. As a Khmer American, am I eligible for ASK program?
Yes, the program is for heritage and non-heritage learners alike. The eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  1. Individuals who are eligible:
    1. Complete 2 years of Khmer language study, pass intermediate level in reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension.
    2. A U.S. citizen, or permanent resident; or a citizen of any other countries;
    3. A faculty member who teaches modern foreign languages or area studies;
    4. A teacher in an elementary or secondary school;
    5. An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level; or
    6. An undergraduate or graduate student in an institution of higher education, in any field of studies.
    7. A heritage (Khmer-American) and non-heritage learners.

  2. Individuals who are not eligible:
    1. Individuals who are educated native or near-educated native speakers.

3. I never attended formal Khmer language classes, am I eligible?
Please refer to the criteria above. Should have language proficiency beyond 2 year level. For other levels, please visit the following link: http://www.hawaii.edu/khmer/Courses/SAP.html

4. How do I know my language proficiency level?
For a sample lesson of second year level Khmer, click here


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