Information provided on this page is designed to help administrators understand 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, Power Point presentations, and links to additional information such as funding that maybe useful when deciding to implement such a program. Once you have looked through all the information, please provide us with some feedback.
Advocacy Flyer for Administrators
by Dr. John Kidder
This flyer was written by Dr. Kidder from the Pilgrim School to Advocate Japanese language education and foreign language education to other administrators who may be interested or are considering adding Japanese to their foreign language program. This flyer is also available as a PDF below and you can also request an Advocacy Folder, which contains this document and other useful information.
Funding for World Language Programs
- Language(s) teaching and learning strategies for understanding and communication http://www.ibe.unesco.org/International/ICE/46english/46ws4e.htm Summary : This document presents two language-teaching priorities of the Czech Ministry of education: (a) the early introduction of English (pre-school and first year of primary education); and (b) the teaching of Russian (taken as an example) at the secondary level, stressing the cultural component as much as the learning of grammar. The wide range of languages available at the secondary level is a strong point of the Czech system, which still intends to add even more languages. PDF Document
- CIA: The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/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 http://www.academyofdiplomacy.org/programs/fab_project.html 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 http://www.academyofdiplomacy.org/media/Press_Clippings/US_funnel.html 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 http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=14171A4B-18FE-70B2-A84B007B1D7399A3 Providing the personnel and financial resources to manage our diplomacy and development policies is an urgent matter of national security.