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ERIC Number: EJ1149205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8669
Implementation of the Multicultural Language and Cultural Intensive Summer Program at CSUSB
Chen-Maynard, Dorothy; Doueiri, Dany; Gotch, Donna
International Research and Review, v4 n1 p35-41 Fall 2014
The United States is faced with a serious shortage of linguistically and culturally competent students to meet the needs of our global population and economy. In order to address this deficiency, the US government has funded several initiatives to increase our nation's capacity to train teachers and students in critical languages. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which coordinates its efforts mainly through the Departments of Education, has coordinated funding for many of these initiatives Department of State, Department of Defense, along with other departments. In 2006, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) joined the Southern California Consortium of the California State Universities (CSUs) to launch a rigorous language and culture program with a mission to develop a model program and disseminate it for others to use on their campuses. The summer intensive program was designed to combine education in language, culture, and current affairs as they relate to the cultural, socio-political, historic, and economic developments of the target regions. The 2013 CSUSB Summer Language Intensive Program marked its seventh year in operation. When the program started with Arabic language and culture in 2007, with addition of Persian, Chinese, and Korean languages in subsequent years, the need to develop advanced competencies in each language in a 7-week period was a major challenge. The model developed for the Arabic language program was used as a base to build other language programs as they were added. Even though there are four language and culture components in the Program, this report addresses issues and challenges related to the implementation of Chinese and Korean to the program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan; Taiwan; China; South Korea; California (San Bernardino)
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