Alaska Summer Institute for Post-Secondary Teachers of Japanese
Held June 18-21, 2012 at UAA.
Participants discussed issues relating to 21st century skills and work on curriculum and materials development for college Japanese classes that enhance students' attainment of these skills. Subtopics included AP Japanese Language and Culture, Thematic Approach, CBI (Content-Based Instruction), and assessment.
Participants to this institute were diverse in terms of experience in teaching Japanese—a tremendous benefit to the rest of the participants who learned a great deal of thematic unit approaches. Initially, all participants had their own thematic unit projects prepared for the institute, but after hearing about Montgomery Dickson who died in the 2011 Tsunami and about the background of the Japan Institute grant that made this institute possible, the teachers unanimously decided to create the thematic unit teaching materials under one theme, "Hope for Tomorrow." Under this theme, they created seven different materials: "Nature and People," "Harimaya-Bridge," "Prejudice and Tolerance in Japanese Internment Camp (for Heritage Learners)," "Nuclear Energy and Alternative Energy," "Japanese Folk Tales," and "Hope for Tomorrow."
Event flyer (available in PDF version)
Poster (also available in PDF version)