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K-12 East Asian Connection

Volume XV, Number 1

FALL 2010

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Theresa Kang
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Outreach Coordinator

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Chinese Instruction for Pre-K through 8th-Grade Students

In conjunction with the Center for the Study of Global Change, IU's Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy and EASC are sponsoring Chinese language classes for pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade students and their families in Bloomington. The classes take place at the Monroe County Public Library, on the IU Bloomington campus, and at the Bloomington Project School. The Chinese program is part of a larger project of the Center for the Study of Global Change—Bridges: Children, Languages, World—that also provides instruction in other less-commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Mongolian, Dari, and Swahili. See the Chinese Bridges Web site for additional information.

Chinese and Japanese Instruction in K-12 Schools in Gary, IN

Since 1990 the Gary Community School Corporation has offered summer language programs designed to introduce K-12 students to the languages and cultures of parts of the world quite far from northwestern Indiana. The Study Alternative International Languages and Spanish (SAILS) program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of six languages (Arabic, German, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish), to learn about the language, history, cultural practices, and daily life of people in a different country, and, occasionally, to visit the country of study. This summer EASC supported the Chinese and Japanese programs in SAILS by providing instructional materials and supplies. The program served 27 students of Chinese and 37 students of Japanese who attended class for four hours per day, 90 minutes of which was spent on language instruction. Two daily "culture scope" sessions, one devoted to geography and history and one to art, music, and dance, also made up the day. EASC plans to continue this support during the current 2010-13 Title VI grant cycle.

Geography and History of the World Workshops in Indiana

To help prepare Indiana high school teachers to incorporate the Geography and History of the World state standards into their classrooms, EASC and IU's Center for Social Studies and International Education (CSSIE), along with four other IU area studies centers (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute), provide professional development workshops for social studies teachers.

In November EASC helped lead two all-day workshops on the theme of "Innovations and Revolutions" (Standard 6), one in New Albany and one in Fort Wayne. At each workshop Geoffrey Goble (Ph.D. candidate, Religious Studies) gave a presentation on "Asia and the Origins and Diffusion of Innovations," which was followed by a teaching strategy session delivered by curriculum specialist and CSSIE associate director Arlene Benitez. For more information on the workshops, see the Web page.

2009-10 Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention for ISIS Program

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration awarded the Center for the Study of Global Change, EASC, and several other area studies programs at IU Bloomington the 2009-10 Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention for IU's International Studies in Schools (ISIS) program. This award is given annually to programs and organizations that provide excellent standards-based interactive videoconference programs to K-12 classrooms.

Organized by the Center for the Study of Global Change, ISIS is a distance learning program that uses interactive video technology to connect community groups and K-12 classrooms throughout the country with scholars, specialists on international topics, and international students. This program enables teachers to incorporate a unique global dimension into their curriculum at no cost to them. Learn more about ISIS here.

Pinnacle Award
Global Indiana's "China Wave VII" Trip

In October Global Indiana sponsored its seventh Key Educational Leaders Trip to China, also known as the "China Wave VII" trip. Twenty-four K-12 principals and teachers from Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Hamilton, Columbus, and Nashville participated in the tour, which included visits to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. EASC supported the pre-departure orientation program by providing presentations on Chinese language and culture and the Chinese education system.

The aim of the China Wave trips, which have been taking place since 2006, is the establishment of school-to-school partnerships that will lead to more opportunities for travel and educational exchanges for teachers and students. Global Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis whose mission is to prepare Indiana students to participate successfully in the global community by infusing curriculum with a global perspective, promoting the study of global economics, and creating international travel and educational exchange opportunities.

K-12 educators interested in participating in future trips should contact Phil Boley, Executive Director of Global Indiana, at, or Chris McGrew, President, at

2010 NCTA Study Tour to China

From June 12 to July 2, EASC led 20 middle- and high-school teachers, all alumni of EASC's National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Teaching about Asia seminars, on a three-week study tour of China. Beginning in Hong Kong, the tour made stops in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xi'an as well as scenic cities such as Guilin and Suzhou. John Frank (history teacher, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN) served as the tour leader and curriculum consultant, and Richard Bohr (History and Director of Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University) returned as the faculty expert. EASC Outreach Assistant Cathy Gao (now Outreach Coordinator) and EASC Program Assistant Kimberly Gaugler also travelled with the tour as assistants.

The tour included visits to cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors, museums such as the Shanxi Provincial Historical Museum and the Shanghai Museum, a Beijing hutong, an old-style neighborhood of narrow streets, and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The highlight of the trip was visiting schools in Shenzhen, Guilin, and Xi'an, where the group observed classes and student activities and exchanged ideas about education in China and the United States with school administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, teachers were given free time to pursue individual research interests and develop curriculum projects and outreach strategies for their local communities.

The tour was a great success, as evidenced by one participant's comment: "This was one of the most rewarding and educational experiences of my life. . . . Working to create partnerships throughout the world for cooperation, peace and understanding is always relevant and important work."

The study tour was made possible through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation.

2010 Study tour
NAHF/NCTA Study Tour to South Korea

In July three alumni of EASC's National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar program joined 18 other NCTA alumni from around the country for a 10-day study tour to South Korea. Sponsored by the Northeast Asian History Foundation (NAHF) and NCTA, the study tour included visits to sites of major historical and cultural significance such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, the Unmunsa Temple in Gyeongju, the Hahoe Folk Village in Andong, and the DMZ. The three EASC NCTA alumni who participated were Jenna Bergren (AP World History, Geography and History of the World, Fishers High School, Fishers, IN), Jona Hall (Ancient World History, Language Arts, Marietta Middle School, Marietta, OH), and Susan Smith (World History, AP Government, Maple Grove Senior High School, Maple Grove, MN).

2010 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

Funded by the Freeman Foundation, EASC hosted its 12th annual workshop on Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School in July at IU Bloomington. Twenty-two high school English and world literature teachers from around the country participated in this intensive one-week of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, led by Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), China historian Kai-Wing Chow (EALC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Japan historian George Wilson (emeritus, EALC and History; former director, EASC), and Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri). Teaching strategy sessions were led by curriculum consultant Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL). In addition to attending lectures and discussions, the participants took part in cultural activities such as an ikebana session and Taiji as well as screenings of East Asian films. As a final activity, participants used works such as Shen Congwen's "Xiaoxiao," Yasutaka Tsutsui's "Standing Woman," and Korean Sijo poetry, to create syllabi designed to introduce high school students to the richness of East Asian literature. You can find information about the July 2011 workshop here.

2010 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars

In spring and summer 2010 EASC conducted six 33-hour National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Teaching about Asia seminars for K-12 educators throughout the Midwest and South— in Chicago, IL; Bloomington, IN; Indianapolis, IN; South Bend, IN; New Orleans, LA; and Minneapolis, MN. These seminars provided an in-depth survey of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, from their early cultural and intellectual traditions to contemporary society. Those who successfully completed the seminars received texts, school resources, and stipends. For information about upcoming NCTA seminars, see the NCTA seminar Web page.

Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy's Summer STARTALK Programs

This past summer, IU's Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy offered two Chinese language programs: one for teachers and one for students of Mandarin Chinese. The Chinese Pedagogy Institute, a program for secondary school teachers of Chinese that has been offered since 2007, welcomed 20 teachers to campus for a two-and-a-half-week residential institute, the first week of which was spent at IU's Bradford Woods before moving to campus for a one-week practicum. The Chinese Language Institute, a program for high school students with limited or no study of the language, was offered in past years as a non-residential program but this year as a three-week residential program. The programs were funded by STARTALK grants totaling $200,000.

STARTALK is a National Security Language Initiative project that supports summer programs in certain critical needs languages. For more information about IU's STARTALK Chinese programs, please visit the Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy Web page.

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