Two Leeward Community College faculty members win Wo learning awards

Language conversation groups win Innovation of the Year

Leeward Community College
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Posted: Mar 7, 2011

Hawaiian Scrabble, a language conversation group activity
Hawaiian Scrabble, a language conversation group activity
Two faculty members at Leeward Community College were recently recognized with Wo awards. Beth Kupper-Herr, learning resource coordinator, received the Wo Innovation of the Year Award and Shelley Ota, business professor, was awarded 1st Honorable Mention for the Wo Community Building Award. 
 
Kupper-Herr received the award for her language conversation groups that provide an opportunity for language students to practice speaking in an informal, small-group setting, meet other students and have fun with the language. Groups meet weekly for one hour led by a native speaker student, either a paid tutor or volunteer. Students participate voluntarily; they enjoy language games, interactive activities, learning about another culture and making friends. The program includes Japanese, Spanish, Hawaiian, ESL, and Korean languages. Conversation leaders are given suggested activities, but their creativity in designing activities has moved the program forward. 
 
The Wo Innovation of the Year Award recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching or service delivery within the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. Kupper-Herr received a $500 professional development mini-grant and her project will be forwarded to the League for Innovation.

Ota was awarded 1st Honorable Mention for the Wo Community Building Award for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides free help with income tax returns for the community. The Wo Community Building Award recognizes new programs or activities that expand and enrich campus or community relations within the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges and the larger community. Ota received a $300 professional development mini-grant.