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The Asian Studies Center offers six workshops for teachers: the Teaching About East Asia Workshop, the Summer Institute for Global Studies, and the Workshops for Teachers of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic.

Summer Institute for Global Studies 2018

Register Here: Summer Institute for Global Studies application

Registration deadline: April 1, 2018 (Space is limited, apply soon!) 

International Studies & Programs and the College of Education have collaborated to host the Summer Institute for Global Studies for K12 teachers. SCECH credits, stipends, and resources will be available for this FREE workshop. During this five day workshop, area experts will use the power of stories to provide deeper insight into the history, economy, culture, and topical issues of a place. College of Education experts will provide teachers with pedagogical support for internationalizing current curriculum or creating new materials. Upon successful completion of the summer institute, teacher participants will receive a $200 stipend and free curricular resources for their classrooms.

Workshop Presenters

  • Dr. Jan Alleman, Department of Teacher Education
  • Dr. Siddharth Chandra, Asian Studies Center, James Madison College
  • Dr. Margo Glew, Global Educators Cohort Program
  • Chris Kaiser, Department of Teacher Education
  • Dr. John Metzler, African Studies Center, College of Education
  • Dr. Fredy Rodriguez-Mejia, Department of Anthropology

Workshop Details

June 18 - 22, 2018 from 8:30 - 3:00 p.m. in room 303 of the International Center.

Contact Jennifer Pippin for more information at pippinj1(at)
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2018 Teaching About East Asia Workshop

This free 30-hour course provides an overview of the pre-modern history and culture of China, Japan, and Korea with a special emphasis on pedagogy, best practices, Common Core connections, and teaching resources. This seminar is designed to assist middle and high school teachers. 


Orientation: May 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (dinner included), room 303 International Center
Workshop: June 25 - 29, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., room 303 International Center 
Continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided each day.


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, each participant will receive:

  • A $500 teacher stipend;
  • $300 in free teaching resources;
  • 30 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) credit hours (approval pending);
  • Qualification for future National Consortium of Teaching about Asia (NCTA) international study tours.


Teaching About East Asia Registration 2018
Register now - space is limited.

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Jennifer Pippin, Outreach Coordinator for the Asian Studies Center, at pippinj1(at) with any questions about the course.

This program is sponsored by the Indiana University NCTA National Coordinating Site (East Asian Studies Center).

Workshop for Teachers of Arabic

This workshop will focus on best practices for teaching Arabic and will be held in the Dearborn area July 27, 2018 in collaboration with the Michigan Arabic Teachers' Council and Global Educational Excellence. Professor Wafa Hassan will conduct this great workshop. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Jennifer Pippin at pippinj1(at)

Workshop for Teachers of Chinese

The annual Workshop for Teachers of Chinese will take place on Saturday, August 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MSU Henry Center. For more information and to register visit the Workshop for Teachers of Chinese web page.

Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

The annual Workshop for Teachers of Japanese will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room B125 of Wells Hall. Contact Jennifer Pippin at pippinj1(at) with any questions.

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2018

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Workshop for Teachers of Korean

The annual MSU Workshop for Teachers of Korean will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 115 of the International Center. For registration and further information, please contact Jeehyae Chung (Michigan Association of Korean Schools) at jeehyae(at)