Lehigh University 2019-2020

East Asia: A Seminar for Teachers

A 2019-2020 Seminar for K-12 Educators



This FREE content-rich seminar is for public and private school teachers of grades K-12, as well as school librarians who are able to include East Asia in their teaching. The 36-hour seminar will explore the history, philosophy, politics, art, literature, languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea. It will include engaging lectures by Lehigh University faculty, as well as time for group discussion of teaching materials and strategies for classroom teaching.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of China, Japan and Korea in the context of the global community. In Japan, students remain in the same classroom all day, working in groups, while the teachers move around from class to class. Japanese schooling is characterized by strong institutional ties between schools and employers;

  • Gain an appreciation for East Asian cultures and traditions, including language, literature and contemporary issues; and

  • Become familiar with content and resources necessary to implement the study of East Asia into the curriculum, in accordance with the Pennsylvania academic standards, as well as the geography and history standards.

Seminar requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all sessions (30 hours in the fall and 6 hours in the spring)

  • Design and implement lesson plans that incorporate East Asian themes.

From 4:30 to 7:30pm at Lehigh University

Sessions dates:

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

November 7, 14, 21

December 5, 12

Two Follow-up sessions will be held in Spring 2020: Dates TBA

Registration Deadline: September 25, 2019

Please see the flyer for more details and seminar application. 


Credit & Financial Benefits:

66 Act 48 hours will be offered by Lehigh University

Through funding from the Freeman Foundation, the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia will provide each participant with the following:

  • Textbook on East Asia and other supplementary materials

  • $200 stipend upon the conclusion of the seminar

  • $100 mini-grant for the purchase of teaching materials for each teacher’s school

  • Complimentary one-year subscription to Education About Asia journal

  • Eligibility to participate in summer programs on East Asia


Registration Deadline: September 25, 2019

Questions? Contact Mimi Rice (570-412-2684 or asianseminar21@gmail.com)

Please see the flyer for more details and seminar application. 

Funded by the Freeman Foundation.

Presented by Lehigh University’s Asian Studies Program and the College of Education in Association with the Asian Studies Center of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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