University of Washington and CELIN Forum:
Raising Multilingual Citizens of the World

March 7th, 2020 (Saturday) 9:00am - 3:30pm | Simpson Center for the Humanities, 206 CMU, University of Washington

This is a one-day forum which brings together stake-holders responsible for raising multilingual citizens - parents, educators, researchers, administrators and the community - to learn what we have found, share our successful experiences, discuss our challenges, and explore paths forward.


Morning Sessions: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM: Keynote Presentation and Research and Parent Panels. (Space capacity: 95)
Networking Lunch: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (Lunch provided for educators who are all-day participants)
Afternoon Professional Development Workshops 1:15 PM -3:30 PM: Resources and Strategies at Your Fingertips (Space capacity: 62)

Registration Form

Registration is free but space is limited.
Click to Register

Organizers and Sponsors

CELIN at Asia Society
UW Department of Asian Languages and Literatures


UW East Asia Center
UW Simpson Center for the Humanities
UW Center for Global Studies
UW Department of Linguistics

Organizing committee

Dr. Chan Lü (UW Asian Languages and Literature)
Dr. Shuhan Wang (CELIN at Asia Society)
Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki (Retired International Education Administrator at the Seattle Public Schools | World Language advocate)
Dr. Amy Pace (UW Speech and Hearing Sciences)

Advisory committee

UW Committee for Multilingual Teaching, Research and Learning (CMTRL)
UW Language Learning Center

Disability Accommodations

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of the event: 543-6450 (voice); 543-6452 (TDD); 685-7264 (fax);

Directions and Parking

Recommended lots:
N20 and N21 Padelford parking garage off Pend Oreille Road


Contact Dr. Chan Lü:

Chief Sealth International HS and Mercer International MS students visit UW

May 31, 2019

Spanish/English and Mandarin/English bilingual students from Chief Sealth International High School and Mercer International Middle School visited UW on May 31 for an academic event organized by AMTRL.

See the article on the Chinese learners visit posted by the Asian Languages and Literature Department and our UW Visit 2019 Photo Album.

The campus visits and interviews with professionals use the model developed by the UW STARTALK Program – Interviews with Professionals, which was introduced in a workshop for teachers in 2016: This web page includes links to resources, such as:

Seattle Public Schools Biliteracy Workshop

June 1, 2019

Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Instructors and University of Washington faculty convened in June to attend a collaborative workshop on the topic of Approaches for Teaching Biliteracy. This event was organized by the International Schools Leadership Team (ISLT) Bilingual Committee, and International Education Administrator, Michele Anciaux Aoki. Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, and English language educators from Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion programs presented examples of biliteracy learning in the K-12 classroom. A panel from the University of Washington’s Alliance for Multilingual Teaching, Research, and Learning including Dr. Renee Shank (Education), Dr. Chan Lü (Asian Languages and Literature) and Dr. Amy Pace (Speech and Hearing Science) discussed current research projects focusing on language acquisition, dual language immersion, teacher training, and professional development. Topics of interest included challenges and successes with implementing biliteracy, opportunities for collaboration with higher education, and building the evidence-base for best practices in multilingual learning contexts.