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K-12 East Asian Connection


Volume XVI, Number 1

Fall 2011


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2011 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars

In the spring and summer of 2011 EASC conducted seven National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars. Nearly 150 K-12 educators throughout the Midwest and the South – in Chicago, IL; New Albany, IN; West Lafayette, IN; Lexington, KY; Marquette, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Columbus, Ohio; and in Birmingham, AL learned about the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Those who successfully completed the seminars received books, school resources, and stipends. For more information about upcoming NCTA seminars, please see the NCTA seminar Web page.

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2011 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

In July, EASC hosted its 13th annual Freeman Foundation funded workshop on Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School on the IU Bloomington campus. Twenty high school English and world literature teachers from around the country participated in this intensive one week of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, and benefited from the experience and knowledge of a stellar group of East Asianists: Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), China historian Klaus Mühlhahn (History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Japan historian George Wilson (emeritus, EALC and History; former director, EASC, IU Bloomington), and Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri).

Every afternoon, a curriculum consultant, Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL), led teaching strategy sessions to help teachers develop lesson plans for their classrooms. In addition to attending lectures and discussions, participants also enjoyed cultural activities such as an ikebana session and Taiji practice, as well as screenings of East Asian films. As a final activity, participants used works such as Sei Shōnagon's The Pillow Book, Lu Xun's "A Madman's Diary," and the Korean tale "The Song of a Faithful Wife: Ch'un-hyang," to create syllabi designed to introduce high school students to the richness of East Asian literature. For more information about the July 2011 workshop please click here.

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2011 National NCTA Study Tour

In June and July two alumni of EASC's National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar program joined 12 other NCTA alumni from around the country for a 15-day study tour to China, themed "China's Role in the World." Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, the study tour included visits to historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, as well as cultural landmarks such as the Shanghai Museum and the Olympic Village. Visits to K-12 schools were also arranged for the group. With a focus on China's historic and contemporary global role, the study tour provided depth of understanding and valuable firsthand experience for participants. The two EASC NCTA alumni who participated in the study tour were Donna Shurr (Family and Consumer Science, Oberlin High School, Oberlin, OH), and Maral Eidell (World Studies & World History, Chicago Academy High School, Chicago, IL). Read about the tour here.

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Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy's Summer STARTALK Programs

The Indiana University Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP) hosted the summer 2011 Chinese language programs for teachers and students of Mandarin Chinese.

The Chinese Pedagogy Institute (CPI) conducted its 5th annual two-and-a-half week program for secondary school teachers of Chinese. In June, attendees spent the first week of the program at IU's Bradford Woods before moving to the Bloomington campus for a one-week practicum.

Twenty-two high school students from around the country with little or no exposure to Chinese participated in an intensive, semi-immersion program, receiving two hours of college credit from the Chinese Language Institute (CLI).The programs were funded by STARTALK grants totaling $200,000 with additional support from the IU College of Arts and Sciences and the IU School of Education.

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

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

This fall, EASC, the Center for the Study of Global Change, and the Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP) are co-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 and on the IU Bloomington campus. The Chinese program is part of a larger project coordinated by 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. You can find additional information on the Chinese Bridges program here.

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Global Indiana's East Asia-related Activities

In June 2011, Global Indiana organized its first successful Professional Development Tour—a 12-day study tour to China. With recruitment assistance from EASC and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, 24 participants from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Alabama joined together to learn through experience about Chinese culture and education. Starting in Shanghai, the tour made additional stops in Hangzhou, Guilin, and Yangshuo. A home stay in Hangzhou made it possible for tour participants to get to know the families of students attending Global Indiana's partner school New Century Foreign Language School. For more information about future tours please contact Becky Burton at or (317) 713-5776.

In October, Global Indiana's Zhejiang Educator Exchange Program welcomed to Indiana its first group of Chinese education officials led by Mr. Peidong Shu, Division Chief of Zhejiang Province Department of Education. Global Indiana has been partnering with Zhejiang Province and sending Indiana educators to China for the past four years. The Chinese educators were hosted by partner schools throughout the state.

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