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Marilyn Day

Marilyn Day

English and Japanese Studies Teacher

Marblehead High School, Massachusetts

After participating in the literature workshop in 2001, Marilyn Day was ready to pursue further study about Asia. The workshop certainly inspired her—she created a list of Chinese literature and film reviews for other teachers to reference, took additional courses in Asian history, and participated in two study tours of China and one of Korea. She has presented on Asian literature at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as well as regional conferences, and now leads her own workshops locally. “The best part of all these experiences is that I have met so many teachers and scholars interested in all aspects of Asia,” she says. “I continue to learn from them.”

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
East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University
1021 East Third Street, Memorial Hall west 207
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

(812) 855-3765 or (800) 441-EASC
Fax: (812) 855-7762