The University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) is offering four National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) online courses beginning in January 2018. Registration is now open to teachers nationwide.
Online Seminar: "Chinese History through Its Dynasties" (Secondary)
January 17-April 30, 2018 (20 asynchronous hours over 3 months)
Open to secondary teacher social studies teachers, this NCTA seminar explores China's political, social, and cultural history through examination of six major dynasties: Qin, Han, Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing. Details and registration: www.colorado.edu/ptea/ChinaSem. Applications accepted until January 10 or when course fills.
Online Book Group: Street of Eternal Happiness, by Rob Schmitz (Secondary)
January 19-March 15, 2018 (16 asynchronous hours over 8 weeks)
NPR journalist Rob Schmitz tells the stories of ordinary people in the Shanghai neighborhood he has called home, providing layers of complexity, individuality, and humanity to our understanding of 21st-century China. Open to secondary social studies, world literature, and Chinese language teachers Details and registration: www.colorado.edu/ptea/ChinaStreet. Applications accepted until January 10 or when course fills.
Online Book Group: The Bridegroom: Stories, by Ha Jin (High school)
January 19-March 12, 2018 (16 asynchronous hours over 8 weeks)
Open to high social studies, world literature, and Chinese language, this NCTA book group will consider a collection of comical and moving tales of contemporary China at the turn of the 21st century by National Book Award winner Ha Jin. The author takes on changing family and courtship relations, the impact of American fast food on Chinese tastes and customer service, and other topics reflective of a changing China. Details and registration information: www.colorado.edu/ptea/Bridegroom. Applications accepted until January 10 or when course fills.
Online Seminar Japan: Past, Place, and People (Elementary)
January 26-April 17, 2018 (20 asynchronous hours over 3 months)
Especially for elementary teachers who teach or would like to about Japan, this NCTA seminar introduces Japan's history, geography, and culture. Participants will consider cross-curricular ideas that integrate literacy and social studies strategies. Applications accepted until Jan. 14, 2018 or when course fills. For more information: www.colorado.edu/ptea/japancourse.