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Helene Wong Chan

Chan, Helene Wong

Lecturer AY-A,  World Languages & Literatures
Teacher Education Advisor, World Languages & Literatures

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-4618

Office Hours
Friday 2:30-4:30 PM or by appointment via email



Helene Chan is currently in charge of the student teachers and interns in French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for the Single Subject Credential Program. She also serves as a board member of the French American School of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale. She received her BA in French from UC Berkeley, Master Degree in Special Education from the University of Santa Clara, and Master Degree in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University. She retired from Mountain View –Los Altos Union High School District where she taught French, Spanish, Chinese and Special Education.

She is very active with various foreign language associations. As a cadre team member of the Bay Area Foreign Language Program (BAFLP) she is responsible for planning and implementing the annual seminar series for new and returning FL teachers seeking to enliven their classroom with a multitude of ready-to-use activities. She is a frequent presenter in the local and state FL associations such as FLASCC, AATF, and CLTA.

She received several study grants: a French Government grant to study in Nantes, France, a NEH grant to study at the University of Dakar, Senegal, and a NEH grant to study technology at the Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.

She is the recipient of numerous awards: Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher by CLTA (1989), Teacher of the Year by National Textbook Company (1998), and Service Awards by FLASCC (1990 and 1994). She is a Knight in the Order of the French Academic Palms from the French Government (Ministere de l'Education Nationale, de l'Enseignement Superieur et de la Recherche).