The Hmong Language Association will offer a  one-day workshop – “Sharing Experiences of Teaching and Knowledge of the Hmong Language and Culture.”  The free workshop will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in McLane Room 161.

“We wish to bring more knowledge and skills in the teaching of Hmong language, culture, literature, history and arts,” said Kao-Ly Yang, coordinator of the Hmong language program. “Knowing better one’s language and culture will  build a better foundation for success and better understanding of the world where we all live.”

The workshop will also launch a “Bridge of Gratitude” project, honoring Hmong teachers. Participants will be asked to write down the name of people who helped teach them to read or write Hmong.

“We will build a bridge to recognize them for making a difference in our life so that they will inspire the generations to come to appreciate the importance of learning Hmong,” Yang said.

Students at Fresno State can earn a minor in Hmong language studies through the Linguistics Department. Fresno has the second-largest Hmong population in the United States. More than 1,500 Hmong students attend Fresno State — making up about 6 percent of total enrollment.

The Hmong minor at Fresno State is the first in the western United States and fifth in the nation. The Fresno State Hmong minor is the only one in the nation with a focus on language.

This workshop is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Fresno State Department of Linguistics.

Advance registration is required for this free workshop. Additional information and registration is available at http://hlassociation.my-free.website/hla-workshop