Cornell University, The Department of Asian Studies, The East Asia Program, and IMPAC are pleased to announce the East Asian Language Workshop to be held on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY on June 22, 2013. The theme for this year’s workshop is “National Standards and the 5 Cs: Articulatory Applications between K-12 and College,” presented by Dr. Scott McGinnis.
The number of K-12 trained students in college Chinese and Japanese classrooms continues to increase. Considering the diversity of Chinese and Japanese curricula across the nation, how can we make these students’ transition to college courses as smooth as possible, while maintaining the quality of learning and instruction at all levels? This workshop will show how the “Five Cs” of ACTFL’s National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) can play a key role in the articulation between K-12 and college Asian language programs, and increase pedagogical effectiveness in both. Teachers of Asian languages at any level are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Scott McGinnis is Professor and Academic Advisor at the Defense Language Institute, Washington, D.C. branch, and Coordinator for the U.S. government's Interagency Language Roundtable. Dr. McGinnis has served two terms as the President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, and has also served as Executive Director of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). He has published several books and numerous articles on language teaching and linguistics, including many regarding his own specializations in Chinese and Japanese. We expect to benefit greatly from Dr. McGinnis's rich classroom teaching experience and broad, up-to-date knowledge of the language-teaching field.