Announcements from the Field

Masters Program in Japanese Language Pedagogy, Indiana University

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
School of Global and International Studies
Indiana University

Interested in teaching Japanese at the university level? Join the award-winning language pedagogy program at Indiana University's Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures. A nation-leading program for over 50 years, we place our Japanese teacher graduates in leading universities and colleges around the United States, including recently UC Davis and Notre Dame.

Students in the language pedagogy program will build their academic foundation through required courses including Teaching Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language, Introduction to Japanese Linguistics, and Literary Japanese, as well as electives from East Asian culture courses and courses in Education, Linguistics, TESOL/Applied Linguistics.

Our program offers full funding opportunities (tuition remission & monthly stipend) as an Associate Instructor of Japanese language courses, through which students will also gain rich teaching experience.

See more details about Japanese Pedagogy Program at

Contact Prof. Nozomi Tanaka - with questions.

EALC also offers Master's programs in Chinese Language Pedagogy, Japanese, Chinese, and East Asian Studies. Learn more at

Deadline for international applications: December 1, 2017

Deadline for domestic application: January 1, 2017

Call for Proposals, Interdisciplinary Approaches to East Asian Languages Pedagogy

This two-day symposium, a collaborative project between Oberlin College and The Ohio State University, will be held February 24-25, 2018, in Columbus, OH with keynote speeches, panel sessions, and a pedagogy workshop. The symposium will be free to public. A small honorarium will be provided to presenters and workshop attendees to defray travel costs upon request.

This symposium is an academic platform dedicated to promoting and advancing applications of interdisciplinary research on the pedagogy of East Asian languages. Chinese, Japanese and Korean are traditionally considered less commonly taught languages in the United States, yet the ever-expanding economic and geopolitical interests in the East Asian region and the growing enrollment in East Asian languages in K-16 education over the past decades have drawn increasing research and pedagogical attention to the teaching and learning of these languages.

Proposals for 20-minute individual paper presentations and 60-minute panel sessions are due November 15, 2017. We welcome proposals concerning all types of research on East Asian language learning and teaching, such as, but not limited to:
* • Interdisciplinary theories and the learning and teaching of EA languages (e.g., cognitive science, developmental psychology, language learning theories, linguistics, discourse analysis, computer- assisted language learning)
* • Development of curricula, teaching materials, and assessment
* • Classroom application of concepts of learning emerging from research
* • Applications of technology to foreign language learning and teaching
* • Pedagogy of EA languages in the U.S. and within target communities
* • Institutional collaboration and faculty development

The pedagogy workshop, led by Professor Mari Noda from The Ohio State University, provides an opportunity for participants to develop knowledge of the Performed Culture Approach, which trains students how to interact with native speakers of the target culture in a culturally appropriate manner. Examples of the core practices of the performed cultural approach that can be tried out in participants’ own classrooms will be examined.

Complete information on the symposium and directions on submitting proposals can be found at:


Masters in Applied SLA at Carnegie Mellon

Candidates Are Invited to Apply Starting December 1

The Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University is a one-year intensive program preparing U.S. and international students for careers in second language teaching in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The program, now inviting applicants for Fall 2018, draws on strengths of the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon in the areas of second-language acquisition, cultural studies, pedagogy, and technology-enhanced learning. MA graduates will be eligible for employment in institutions of higher learning, as well as in private schools or public (alternative-certification) secondary schools, and (especially in ESL) in a multitude of settings abroad. The MA in Applied Second Language Acquisition may also lead to further graduate work in second language studies.

Prospective students include holders of undergraduate degrees with three profiles: 1) native speakers of English with a major in foreign language studies; 2) native speakers of English with humanities degrees and second-language experience; 3) international students with degrees in humanities and language-related fields.

The application portal will open on December 1, with a deadline of February 1, 2018 for the Fall 2018 class. For additional information see the program website or contact the Director or Coordinator (see below). Inquiries are welcome!

Primary contacts for the MA in Applied SLA are: Vera Lampley (Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Modern Languages):, 412-268-5079; Sue-mei Wu (Program Director);, 412-268-5949.


Call for Papers, Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication in its Spring 2018 issue. The deadline is November 1, 2017.

The Journal, published annually by NCOLCTL, is dedicated to the issues and concerns related to the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Journal primarily seeks to address the interests of language teachers, administrators, and researchers. Articles that describe innovative and successful teaching methods that are relevant to the concerns or problems of the profession, or that report educational research or experimentation in Less Commonly Taught Languages are welcome. JNCOLCTL publishes papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of LCTLs along with reports about research and teaching in academia, at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Also included are papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry and issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation in the USA.

For complete information and to submit a proposal, see