K-12 East Asian Connection
On July 8-13, 2012, 25 high school teachers of English and world literature will attend the fourteenth annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop hosted by EASC in Bloomington. This workshop’s intensive focus on East Asian literature and history provides the background and materials needed to incorporate an East Asian component into the participants’ curriculum. The week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities culminates in the development of classroom-ready lesson plans. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for their classroom. For more information see the Web site, or contact EASC outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.
2012 NCTA Residential Program—“Window on Economic Development in China: the View from Hangzhou.” July 8–22, 2012
In July of 2012, Dr. Kristin Stapleton (History, University at Buffalo) will be leading a group of 20 NCTA seminar alumni on a new NCTA initiative—a two week residential summer study program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The NCTA national coordinating site at the University of Pittsburgh is organizing this residential summer program for its own teachers as well as those from four other NCTA national coordinating sites, including Indiana University. Indiana University NCTA seminar alumni Kenneth Darnell (2011 NCTA seminar in Chicago), Mary Davis (2010 NCTA seminar in Chicago), and Melanie Krob (2008 NCTA seminar in New Orleans) have been selected to participate in the program.
This program will explore aspects of Chinese history and culture with a particular focus on economic development over the long run and in recent decades. Among the topics to be examined are: 1) the nature of the educational system in various periods of Chinese history and its relationship to the economy, 2) patterns of development in agriculture and industry and how government policy has shaped them, and 3) the role of cities in the Chinese economy. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and seminars provided by Zhejiang University faculty as well as daily lessons in “survival Chinese.” The University will also provide field trips to such locations as a tea plantation and rural village.
This program includes an online orientation and follow up, as well as written classroom implementation plans. The program is supported by a grant from The Freeman Foundation.