Asian Conversations

Pak, Katherine Tegtmeyer; Larson, Phyllis
April 2006
International Journal of the Humanities;Apr2006, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p95
Academic Journal
‘Asian Conversations’ is a program of study that developed out of a desire to provide a specific experience for incoming students: to ground students in the liberal arts and introduce them to the disciplines, to create a learning community around the study of Asia, to integrate their introduction to Asia through the exploration of rich themes, and to give them the unique insight into a culture that study of a language (Chinese or Japanese) engenders. At the end of the sequence of courses, students have the option of traveling with a faculty member during the January term to China and Japan to see the sites they have studied and to experience those cultures firsthand. We describe the Asian Conversations program at our institution, from the concept to implementation, the courses and our experience, as well as student response to the program. We address literatures of foreign langauge pedagogy, area studies, and learning communities.


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