Language Voyage: Biography of Pong Sayasane

Timeline created by jdenk
  • Kindergarten - 1977 to 1978

    Kindergarten - 1977 to 1978
    Pong lived in Laos and attended kindergarten in a Chinese School
  • Refugee Camp - 1978 to 1980

    Refugee Camp - 1978 to 1980
    Pong spent two years in a Thai refugee camp during her first and second-grade years. She didn't attend school This is her first picture of herself when she entered the camp. Almost all belongs had to be left behind when they escaped.
  • Elementary School - 1980 to 1984

    Elementary School - 1980 to 1984
    Pong started school in the U.S. in the 3rd grade. She was provided all instruction in her native language - Laos.
  • Middle School - 1984 to 1986

    Middle School  - 1984 to  1986
    Pong went to Kimball Middle School in Elgin. She was provided both Laos and English classes.
  • High School - 1986 to 1990

    High School - 1986 to 1990
    Pong was mainstreamed into English classes at Elgin High School. She also took two years of Spanish classes
  • College - 1990 to 1996

    College - 1990 to 1996
    Pong attended NIU. She took 1 semester of Spanish, 1 semester of Thai and 2 semesters of Mandarin Chinese. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development in 1996.
  • Current Family Life - 2017

    Current Family Life - 2017
    Pong currently is fleunt in English, 95% fluent in Laos, and 50% fluent in Chinese. Her children speak 99% of the time in English.