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Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean: Partnerships Between State and Local School Districts and Community Language Schools

Optimally, providing K-12 education about Asia should go hand in hand with classes in Asian languages and cultures. The following article is a description of how a partnership between Washington state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), local school districts and community-based language schools launched a highly popular summer language camp program which featured Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as three of the five less commonly taught languages offered during the proje...

Essay, Resources

Education in Asian Languages: Start at the Very Beginning

The good news is that the year 2000 finds a growing number of elementary schools in the United States launching foreign language programs, including Asian languages. The hard news is that there are not enough trained teachers or curricular materials. (There is no bad news as long as we continue to address the problem.)  Even in the case of Japanese, which has relatively well developed resources, training needs exceed supply, as you can read in the report, “Japanese Teaching Credential Program...

Columns, Essay

Introducing Computer Technologies to Asian Languages Programs

Computer technology has become integral to all aspects of college life today, offering an important tool for coordinating, publicizing, and teaching in every kind of campus program. Far from being an exception to this rule, foreign language programs are often in the forefront of employing innovative methods to integrate computer technologies into the classroom. While Asian language instructors, too, are developing effective means for using computer technologies, our efforts are often hampered by...

Curriculum Materials Review, Resources

Muller CJK-English Dictionary

PUBLISHED BY EAST CO. LTD. 2-22-8 YOYOGI, SHIBUYA-KU TOKYO 151-0053 JAPAN PHONE: 03 3374-0544 FAX: 03 3374-2998 HTTP://WWW.EST.CO.JP RUNS UNDER THE U.S. VERSION OF WINDOWS 95 A s a teacher of Chinese, there is a lot to like and a lot to hope for in the Muller CJK-English Dictionary. As Professor Muller states in his introduction, the dictionary was originally intended for use in translating ancient Buddhist texts. The author’s primary field is Japanese philosophy, and people in hi...

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