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Sik Lee Dennig



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Tel: 650-723-0329

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Sik Lee Dennig

Lecturer in Cantonese


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992

Other Information

  • Cantonese Program:
  • Research Interests:
    • Universality and Variability in Heritage Language Development
    • Development and Maintenance of Cantonese as a Heritage Language
    • Teaching and Learning of Cantonese as a Foreign Language
    • Acquisition of Cantonese by Mandarin Speakers
    • Simultaneous Bilingual Language Acquisition
  • Professional Certification:
    • Certified ILR Cantonese Oral Proficiency Interview Tester
    • Certified ACTFL Chinese Writing Proficiency Tester
    • Certified ACTFL Cantonese Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer Tester
  • Research & Conference Presentations:
    • Dennig, S. L. (2021). The Role of Storytelling in the Teaching of Cantonese as a Heritage Language.  To be presented online at the 2nd International Symposium on Teaching of Cantonese as a Second Language, August 19-20, 2021. (Abstract)
    • Dennig, S. L. (In progress). Taishan at the turn of the 20th century.
    • Dennig, S. L. (2020). Black Lives Matter - Cantonese.
    • Dennig, S. L. (2019). 1893 Map of Taishan. Poster presented at the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike: Chinese Workers and the Transcontinental Railroad, April 11, 2019, Stanford University.
    • Dennig, S. L., Leung, G., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2016). The Marking of Indefiniteness in Narratives by Heritage Cantonese Speakers in the U.S.  The 21st International Conference on Yue Dialects, December 12-13, 2016, The Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macau. (PPT)
    • Dennig, S. L. (2016). Language Contact: The Production of Aspect Markers in Narratives by Advanced Heritage Cantonese Speakers.  Presented at the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-3), March 12-13, 2016, Columbus, OH.
    • Dennig, S. L. (2015). Advanced Cantonese Curriculum for the 21st Century. Panel chaired by Professor Marjorie Chan of Ohio State University on Developing Materials for Cantonese Pedagogy in North America.  Other panelists: D. Bourgerie, M. Chan, T.-H. Tsui, Y. Tan, & L. Chen. ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, November 21, 2015, San Diego, CA.
    • Dennig, S. L., Leung, G., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2014b). Universality and Variability in Chinese Heritage Language: Implications for Researchers and Practitioners.  2014 American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, March 22-25, 2014, Portland, OR. (PPT)
    • Dennig, S. L., & Leung, G. (2014a). Cantonese HL development: An examination of narratives from Cantonese-speaking children and adults.  Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, March 7-8, 2014, UCLA, CA.
    • Dennig, S. L. & Leung, G. (2012a). The Acquisition of Chinese as a First Language in the U.S.: The Cantonese Experience.  Presented at the 24th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, University of San Francisco, June 8-10, 2012. (Paper)
    • Dennig, S. L. & Leung, G. (2012b). Profiling the Frog Story Narratives of Cantonese Heritage Speakers in the U.S.  International Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Linguistics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 15-16, 2012.
    • Dennig, S. L., & Lowdermilk, M. K. (2011). Promoting  global  competence  and  oral communication skills via social media.   ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, November 19, 2011, Denver, CO.
    • Dennig, S. L. (2011). Narration and description in major time frames in Mandarin.  ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, November 18, 2011, Denver, CO. (PPT)
    • Dennig, S. L., Leung, G., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2011). Cantonese maintenance in the U.S. context: Referential development in narratives by Cantonese-English bilingual children in bilingual and English-only schools. AAAL Conference, March 26, 2011, Chicago, IL. (PPT)
    • Dennig, S. L. (2010). Enhancing the teaching of culture and oral communication skills by interactive Internet tools. Chinese Language Teachers Association of California Spring Conference, March 6, 2010; Stanford, CA.