This page explains to administrators the importance of having a Japanese language program to diversify the foreign language program at their middle and high schools. Included below is the Advocacy Flyer for Administrators, a PowerPoint presentation video about obtaining funding, and links to additional information.
Advocacy Flyer for Administrators
by Dr. John Kidder
This flyer was written by Dr. Kidder from the Pilgrim School to advocate for Japanese language education to other administrators who are considering adding Japanese for their foreign language program. This flyer is available here as a PDF and you can also request a physical Advocacy Kit using the order form on the main Advocacy Website.
Funding for World Language Programs
The following instructional video explains to school administrators how to get funding for their language programs. Those who prefer to read the information can download the PPT Script below.
why learn a foreign language?
- ACTFL: Lead with Languages (video): Excellent, high quality video explaining the need for foreign language education in America. Part of ACTFL's Lead with Languages campaign.
- CNNTravel: Studying abroad could give you an edge in the job market: This article features a video interview with Michelle Obama about the value and importance of international travel and study abroad. In fact, the first question that First Lady Obama gets is from someone who studied abroad in Kyoto!
- Univerity of Florida Center for Business Education and Research: Are We Prepared for the Jobs of the Future? (video): High quality textual video about the importance of cultural competence and language skill in future business.
Why Learn Japanese?
- American Association of Teachers of Japanese: Why Study Japanese? Ten Reasons: The AATJ advocacy page also features testamonials about the importance of Japanese from students, parents, teachers, and professionals and is an excellent resource for other advocacy materials.
- US-Japan Business Council: Pacific Partners: Japan's Economic Importance to the United States: In this article, every state has a page detailing its economic relationship with Japan: rank as an export destination, number of Japan-affiliated companies, and jobs created by those affiliates.
- Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese
- Japanese Language Profile: This page gives a profile breakdown for Japanese describing different aspects of the language. It is useful in teaching yourself about a language.
- CIA: The World Factbook: The World Factbook (ISSN 1553-8133; also known as the CIA World Factbook) is an annual publication of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States with almanac-style information about the countries of the world. The Factbook provides a two- to three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 266 U.S.-recognized countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.
- Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future: Fixing a Hollow Service: This report details the need for increased funding to address the needs in US diplomacy abroad.
- Under bills, U.S. would funnel more money into diplomacy: Bills recently passed by the House and Senate Committees would increase State Department and related spending by about 25%.
- U.S. needs more foreign diplomats: Providing the personnel and financial resources to manage our diplomacy and development policies is an urgent matter of national security.