ERIC Number: ED407841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Center for Japanese Study Abroad. Fastback 386.
The Center for Japanese Study Abroad (CJSA) is a Japanese immersion and study abroad program implemented as a magnet program at inner-city Brien MacMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut. The program is supported by a grant from the state department of education. Attended by 60-70 students from high schools in southern Fairfield County annually, the CJSA "school-within-a-school" magnet program has evolved into a regional program serving a number of Connecticut school districts. The curriculum enables students to become proficient in Japanese language through an interdisciplinary curriculum including economics, literature, arts, and music, with language laboratory use and a two-week home and school experience in Japan. Several curricular options are available for students unable to participate in full immersion. The fundamental tenets for CJSA were established by the communities involved, to provide for intercommunity, interracial, and international integration. The curriculum is based on six components focusing on the Japanese language as a mirror of culture: language arts; integrated social studies; intensive Japanese language instruction; independent study; experience abroad; and assessment. Student journal entries made during the period abroad illustrate student perceptions of the experience. Program parents are involved in fundraising, receiving Japanese students, and production of a cultural fair. Since CJSA's inception in 1991, several features have been added. Contains six references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Art Education, Economics Education, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Immersion Programs, Japanese, Language Laboratories, Literature Appreciation, Magnet Schools, Music Education, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Public Schools, Regional Programs, Second Language Programs, Second Languages, Study Abroad
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Japan