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Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

World Literature, Speech, and Asian Literature Teacher

Ketchikan High School, Alaska

Sarah Campbell’s experience as a participant in the 2005 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop made the journey from Alaska to Indiana worthwhile. She learned from highly trained professors in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history and participated in cultural activities that ranged from East Asian fashion to t’ai chi. For Campbell, the best part of the workshop was the new teaching methods and materials—she left with novels, short stories, presentations, and over 50 lesson plans. “I returned to Alaska so enthused about Asian studies that I wrote a course description for Asian literature that was approved and offered the following year,” she says.

NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

July 12-17, 2015

Indiana University Bloomington

Application deadline: March 9, 2015

We host an annual week-long, intensive summer workshop for high school English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum.

Following the workshop, each participant develops a complete lesson plan for at least one of the pieces covered in the workshop. Those who turn in their lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.

The workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program, a national provider for professional development on East Asia to K-12 teachers.

Expanding Worldviews

The geo-strategic importance of East Asia—defined here as China, Japan, North and South Korea, and Taiwan—has compelled Americans to look at these cultures with new eyes. While there has been an increase in the teaching of East Asia in the national social studies curriculum, there has yet to be a similar effort in the language arts.

Literature opens a window on the inner life of a culture, offering readers a glimpse of how another culture understands and represents itself. Studying East Asian literature helps high school students to develop an appreciation of other cultures, allowing them to participate more fully as informed members of the world community.

Participation Includes:
  • Set of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary works covered in workshop (mailed to participants prior to workshop)
  • Free housing and at least one meal a day
  • Certificate of completion
  • Option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University
  • Book grant for purchasing East Asian literature for classroom use, provided upon completion of all requirements
Workshop Format

The workshop kicks off with a Sunday dinner. Each morning Monday through Friday, history professors lead lectures and discussions on specific facets of China, Japan, and Korea that are pertinent to the literary works covered. Topics discussed include history, religion, culture, family and gender, and language.

Each afternoon literature professors discuss the short stories, novels, and poetry that participants have read prior to arrival at the workshop, focusing on universal as well as culture-specific aspects of the works.

After the literature discussions, a high school world literature teacher with experience teaching East Asian literature acts as curriculum consultant, leading strategy sessions on how to teach the works at the high school level.

Participants are also encouraged to attend Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultural activities during the day and film viewings in the evenings.

Participant’s Responsibilities
  • Pay the $100 non-refundable registration fee and cover travel expenses to and from Bloomington and the cost of up to two meals a day.
  • Read all works to be covered at workshop prior to arrival.
  • Participate in online discussions on the workshop’s Google Groups Web site prior to the workshop.
  • Submit one lesson plan on a specific work within five weeks of close of workshop. Those who turn in a lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.

2015 Application Deadline: March 9, 2015. Participation is limited to 25 teachers.

Download the application (pdf)

Anthony Ross
Outreach Coordinator
East Asian Studies Center
Global and International Studies Building
355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
(812) 855-3765 or (800) 441-EASC
Fax: (812) 855-7762