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UTLA and UCLA Seminar

East Asia and New Media in My Classroom

Seminar Requirements | Application


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The Fall 2006 Seminar has been cancelled. Please sign up for Spring 2007

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 spring 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. A partnership between UTLA, the UCLA Asia Institute, and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia will equip Los Angeles secondary school teachers to help students learn about East Asia while developing vital analytical and communication skills.

This coming academic year, the partnership is offering three 38 hour seminars for Los Angeles Unified Teachers. Priority in enrollment will be given to world history and language arts teachers, though others may apply. Two seminars, one per semester, will be held at the UTLA building at 3303 Wilshire (just west of Vermont in Los Angeles). The third Spring 2006 seminar will be based in the San Fernando Valley (location TBA).

Focusing on helping teachers address the California history, social studies, and language arts standards, we will offer presentations on 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.

Among the topics to be addressed:

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)
  • Japan's Classical and Warrior Eras
  • Japanese Literature from the Heian 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 (e.g., democratization, globalization)

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.

Among the technology skills we address are:

  • How to critically evaluate websites
  • Using discussion boards to facilitate collaboration and strengthen writing skills
  • Using email lists for announcements and as an interactive tool
  • Rapidly converting lecture outlines, reading and discussion questions, charts, and other materials into pages for student/parent web access

Freeman Foundation/National Consortium for Teaching about Asia support make it possible to provide participants and their schools with the following:

  • $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 (summer 2006)

Seminar presenters are experts on Asia and master teachers

Presenters include distinguished faculty such as David Schaberg, author of the 2003 Association for Asian Studies-designated "best book on pre-modern China," Lynda Bell, professor of history and former director of the UC program in Beijing, Sam Yamashita, four time winner of Pomona College's distinguished professor award, Yang Ye, chair of UC Riverside's comparative literature program, Fred Notehelfer, author of the Encyclopedia Britannica's article on Modern Japan, and Lynne Miyake, specialist on women's literature and one of the most creative teachers anywhere.

In addition, we also offer 2 LAUSD multi-cultural specific salary point credits or (for a modest fee) UCLA Extension credit.

The 38 hours are covered over the course of three months, through a combination of Saturday and late Tuesday or Thursday afternoon sessions. Thirty hours are focused on content and curriculum presentations, with the remaining six given over to developing new media skills and participants' own web units. Participants have until September 1 to develop their curriculum units. These units and the library materials they have selected for their schools will be shared at a follow-up meeting in early fall.

Teachers who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements become eligible to apply for a subsidized study tour in East Asia. In 2003, 17 California teachers went with on the UCLA NCTA tour to Korea and Japan. In 2004, the group went to China and in 2005 to Japan. In 2006, we're taking select alumni from California NCTA seminars to China and Japan. . Each participant's program fee for the three week trips, the orientation weekends, and the follow-up weekends was just $750. A generous grant from the Freeman Foundation to NCTA covered all other expenses.

Seminar requirements

First, you must have both the opportunity to bring East Asia into your classroom and a firm commitment to do so. Your current and anticipated teaching assignments must afford you the chance to teach about East Asia. Second, you need the endorsement of your principal. Third, you must be prepared to complete reading assignments and curriculum work outside of the 38 seminar hours.


The deadline for the two Spring 2007 seminars is January 26, 2007.

See the next UTLA-based seminar schedule

To see what previous paricipants have done, please visit the Asia in the K-12 Curriculum section of the Asia Institute website (