Announcements from the Field

2018 MSU Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University invites teachers of Japanese to attend a ​workshop on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:30 am–4:30 pm​ @​​B125 Wells Hall on the MSU campus. The theme of the workshop is Demonstrating Student Growth with Performance Tasks in SeeSaw. Looking to demonstrate student growth in a tangible way? Meet SeeSaw, a transformative tech tool for the world language class. SeeSaw is an empowering portfolio that allows students to submit links, videos, and more to a class feed that motivates a peer audience and provides an optional parent component. Join this interactive workshop to develop and share performance tasks with other Japanese language teachers.

**​Registration is open​. ​(There is no registration fee!) ​​Di​rect link to register:

**Light breakfast and lunch provided.
**SCECH credits available for certified teachers
​**Bring your materials and ideas for the "Materials & Idea​s​ Exchange" session.

​If you have questions, please contact ​Jennifer Pippin​ (Phone: 517-884-2150)​​, ​Outreach Coordinator​, Asian Studies Center​​, Michigan State University.​

2018 International Conference on Japanese Language Education (ICJLE)

The 2018 ICJLE will take place in Venice, Italy, on August 3-4. Early Bird registration is open until MARCH 10; for details on the conference and registration, please see the conference website at

Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to East Asian Languages Pedagogy

This two-day symposium on interdisciplinary approaches to language teaching, is a collaborative project between Oberlin College and The Ohio State University; it will be held February 24-25, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio, on the OSU campus. It will feature a keynote speech, panel sessions, and a pedagogy workshop. The symposium is free to the public. Registration is open until February 9. Information can be found at

2018 Summer Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) offers an annual JAPAN STUDIES INSTITUTE for faculty without prior experience in Japanese Studies, to encourage them to include Japan in their courses. The next institute will take place June 4-17, 2018, on the campus of San Diego State University; most of the cost of attending is covered by grant funding. Registration is open until February 28. Information is online at


2018 Summer M.A. Program in Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures) invites applications for the 2018 Summer M.A. program in Japanese Pedagogy. The program runs from June 11 (Monday) to August 10 (Friday), 2018.

I. Three-week Pedagogy Course (6/11-6/29):
Elementary Japanese Pedagogy, Prof. Naomi Fujita Geyer of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Dr. Fumiko Nazikian of Columbia University

II. 3 MA Courses (7/2-8/10):
     - Second Language Acquisition Theory, Prof. Keiko Koda of Carnegie Mellon University
     - History of Japanese Language, Prof. Peter Hendriks of Australian National University
     - Special Topics - Instructional & Learning Technology, Prof. Atsushi Fukada of Purdue University

Degree candidates may fulfill the requirements for the M.A. degree in three consecutive summers or in any three summers within a period of six years by taking eleven courses and writing an M.A. thesis. The thesis is required to have a focus on a particular area of Japanese pedagogy. Students take courses for six weeks in one summer and nine weeks during the other two summers.

We also welcome non-degree students for the three-week Elementary Japanese Pedagogy course.

Special Admission Requirements: B.A. or equivalent from an accredited institution in the U.S., Japan or elsewhere; proficiency in English (for native Japanese speakers: 570/IBT88/CBT230 TOEFL or above) or Japanese (for non-native Japanese speakers/ACTFL: Advanced-High or above).

More information is available at the following websites:

Application deadline: February 16, 2018.
Apply at

Successful applicants will be notified of their admission by the middle of March. On-campus housing is available during the summer.

Contact: Shigeru Eguchi, Administrative Director of the 2018 Summer M.A. Program in Japanese Pedagogy,
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC),
407 Kent Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212/854-8345; FAX: 212/678-8629


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.