Strategies for Growing and Enhancing University-Level Japanese Programs offers foreign language program managers and directors, as well as teachers of less commonly taught languages, the insights and proven practical actions they can take to enhance and grow their language programs.
Using the Japanese program at UNC Charlotte as the primary case study, author Fumie Kato provides step-by-step instructions on how she grew the Japanese program there from 133 students per semester in 2002 to 515 students per semester in 2017; from a program with just one full-time professor and one part-time faculty member, to a faculty of seven full-time and three part-time members.
While Japanese is the example used in the book, the principles can be applied by anyone managing foreign language/less commonly taught language programs who wishes to expand their program and raise their students’ success rates. The book is therefore of interest to instructors, coordinators and directors of foreign language education programs throughout the world.
Introduction. 1 Utilizing Technology to Create Opportunity and Interest 2. Educational Strategies 3. Utilizing Peer Teaching and Tutoring to Decrease Attrition Rates 4. Study Abroad Opportunities: Sending and Receiving 5. Growing Interest through Extra-Curricular Activities