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Residential Summer Seminar on Asia: Something New for Southern California Educators

UCLA Asia Institute sponsors residental program with enrollment Limited to Teachers Living Outside Los Angeles.

Two-week seminar: July 31 - August 4 and August 7 – 10, 2006

Application deadline: June 23, 2006 (extended deadline)

Seminar Requirements | Application Requirements

Do you teach in the Inland Empire? Simi Valley? Santa Clarita? Antelope Valley? San Diego or Imperial Counties? Santa Barbara or Ventura Counties? Kern or San Luis Obispo Counties? Have you wanted to participate in a UCLA seminar but simply couldn’t manage the commute?

Thanks to funding from the Freeman Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, the UCLA Asia Institute is offering a residential seminar for secondary social studies and language arts teachers. Those selected for the program will receive free hotel accommodations (double occupancy, adjacent to the campus) during the seminar. (Housing is provided July 31-August 4 and August 7-August 10. Does not include the weekend break.)


Interested in adding more about East Asia to your curriculum? Wish you had taken East Asia-related courses in history, literature, politics, and geography in college? Eager to learn about effective teaching strategies and materials? Willing to invest some time this summer getting up to speed?

Home to a third of the world's people, some of the oldest and most complex civilizations, and several of the largest and most dynamic economies, East Asia has long interested Americans. This seminar will help you teach your students about East Asia and help them develop vital analytical and communication skills.

Priority in enrollment will be given to world history and language arts teachers, though others may apply. The seminar will be held in 10383 Bunche Hall on the UCLA campus. Teachers will be provided with hotel accommodations a short walk from the campus.

The seminar aids teachers in addressing the California history, social studies, and language arts standards. Participants will study the history and culture of the region, as well as discuss how East Asian case studies can be used to explore a variety of issues (e.g., state and religion, economic development, population trends, democratization).

Among the topics covered in the seminar:

  • Why Study Asia?
  • Geography
  • Early East Asia
  • Early Chinese Thought
  • Using Encounters to Stimulate Historical Imagination
  • Love and Mourning in East Asia
  • Cosmopolitan East Asia ( China at the Center, 200-1350)
  • Overview of Korean history and cultural distinctiveness
  • Japan's Classical and Warrior Eras
  • Japanese Literature from the Heian Era through the Warrior Age
  • The Meiji Restoration – the Making of Modern Japan
  • Women in East Asian History
  • East Asia since 1900
  • Contemporary Issues in East Asia

Participating teachers will also learn how to use the internet to conduct research and to present information to their students and how to design lessons and units that require students to use the internet to gather information, to collaborate with others to evaluate and synthesize this data, and to share their conclusions. By the end of the program, participating teachers will have developed lesson websites and East Asia-focused and web-based units to use with their students.

In addition to becoming better able to bring Asia to their students, participants also earn:

  • $500 stipend for each participant for satisfactory seminar participation and completion of requirements
  • $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials for each participant
  • $300 school library grant (per participant) for acquisition of East Asia-focused materials
  • all graduates become eligible to apply for a subsidized NCTA trip to East Asia

Teachers completing seminar requirements are eligible to receive four UCLA Extension quarter units (optional, requires payment of UCLA Extension fee).

Seminar Requirements

to be completed by September 10, 2006

  • Commitment to increasing and improving coverage of East Asia in your classes
  • Preparation for and active participation in all seminar sessions
  • Active participation in the Asia in My Classroom and seminar online discussion forums
  • Develop an engaging unit of instruction on East Asia for use with your students
  • Create and publish a simple website on East Asia for use with your students or colleagues
  • Develop a plan to share what you’ve learned with colleagues at your school or district

Application requirements

The online application asks for:

  • contact information (school and home)
  • information about your current and future teaching assignment
  • the place Asia currently occupies in your classes
  • how you hope to expand or improve the Asia portion of your teaching
  • information about how you currently use computers to aid you in teaching

In addition to submitting the online application, you need to:

  • have your principal write a recommendation letter, detailing your teaching assignment and attesting to your interest in East Asia and your likely readiness to incorporate more about East Asia in your teaching (this can be done online)
  • submit a curriculum vita listing your educational background and teaching-related work experience (this is done online)
  • submit a check for $200 payable to UC Regents to

Linda Truong
UCLA Asia Institute
11288 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Please write summer seminar in the memo field. While the seminar is free, we require an application deposit. Your check will be returned to you if you are not accepted for the seminar. If you are accepted for the seminar, it will be returned to you at the conclusion of the seminar. If you drop out of the seminar, your check will be deposited.

Questions? Please write Linda Truong at ltruong@international.ucla.edu or call her at 310-825-0007.

UCLA Asia Institute Residential Summer Seminar: Something New for Southern California Educators

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