Curriculum Units

Teaching East Asia

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the Center for Asian Studies conducts national, regional, and state projects designed to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia at the elementary and secondary school levels. Specific projects focus on curriculum development, professional development for teachers, and curriculum consultation and reform related to Asia in K-12 education.

TEA staff includes research faculty with expertise in Asian studies and K-12 education, graduate research assistants, and an undergraduate intern staff. TEA is housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Center for Asian Studies. Program for Teaching East Asia projects are currently supported by generous grants from the Freeman Foundation as well as the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the STARTALK program.

Journey to the Interior (Explore the "Elementary," "Middle School," and "High School" links on the left-hand navigation to learn more)

Matsuo Bashō is known internationally today for his haiku, yet this seventeenth-century Japanese poet was not a "haiku" poet. Journey to the Interior offers a curriculum for K-12 teachers and students:

* to develop a deeper understanding of haikai and haiku;
* to learn more about the life of Matsuo Bashō;
* to engage in writing the forms of poetry, prose, and art composed by Matsuo Bashō; and
* to make connections to the time and space in which Matsuo Bashō lived, travelled, and wrote.

Association of Teachers of Japanese

The Association of Teachers of Japanese is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of individuals and institutions seeking to promote the study of Japanese language, linguistics, literature, culture, and pedagogy, primarily at the college or university level. The Association fosters professional development and the exchange of research, and seeks to coordinate its activities with related organizations to promote Japanese studies.

The Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) represents and serves teachers of Japanese at all levels of instruction and in all types of learning settings. It serves as the administrative office for the Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) and the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT), which together represent most K-12 teachers and university faculty in the Japanese language and literature education field.