Sunday, November 20, 2011

Japan Trip registration is open!

There will be two Japan trips ahead. One of them is coming in the first week of April during the COD Spring recess to learn Japanese aesthetics and histrical significance of Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) viewing in Kyoto.

Anyone can join the trip with in-distict tution of $450 (Humanities 1800, 3 semester hours) and the trip fee of $2,699. All are welcome. So far there are 7 convinced participants and still plenty of spots!

Another one is annual summer study abroad in Japan in which there is Japanese language study in the morning and cultural excursions in the afternoon every weekday) for 5 weeks. Application is now accepted. Everyone in the US can join with in-district tution of $1,000 (Japanese 1800/2800 and History 1840, 7 semester hours) and the trip fee of $4,299. It is so far the cheapest Japan Study Abroad program in the US!)!


Denver, Colorado!

GTS is in Denver, Colorado for attending the annual conference of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the largest professional orgamization in the U.S. in the field.

National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) is its affiliate and GTS is one the leaderships of the National Level. NCJLT will merge into another organization and it will be re-born as American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ, 全米日本語教育学会) in January 1, 2012.

GTS is honored to be nominated as one of the three candidates of this new organization and the election will be conducted shortly. Though the chance of winning the election is slim, it is the great thing that teachers in our field recognized GTS!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

GTS/JCC Dinner went well!

There are some new comers as well as a former student from 10 years ago, who was in Kyoto on the Day of 9/11/2001 in GTS field trip group! We almost could not make it in time for returning to the U.S. but we were the first group of returning from Japan!

I am working on the voice acting for Mr. Butch Harmon, the coach of Tiger Woods! Well, nobody will notice my voice but hope many Japanese golfers learn how-to from the DVD!

The end of the year 2011 is really nearing!