Illinois College recently received a $1,000 Japanese-Language Teaching Materials Purchase Grant from the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles to help enhance the college’s Japanese Studies curriculum.
“Since its introduction to the Illinois College curriculum in 1991, Japanese has grown to be the second most popular foreign language studied at the college,” said Elizabeth Tobin, dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs. “We have offered a Japanese Studies minor for several years. With the recent expansion of our Japanese Studies faculty, we will begin to offer a Japanese Studies major in fall 2011. This grant will help to provide teaching resources for our instructors and learning aids for students.”
The grant will be used to purchase books and materials including Japanese dictionaries and references books to support tutoring activities, materials to prepare students to handle situations in professional settings, reference books for businesses and professional Japanese, as well as a variety of exercise books to prepare students to take the Japanese Proficiency Test.
Reiko Itoh, associate professor of Japanese Studies, added, “This grant will help students gain functional language skills that are essential in successful professional relationships. Additionally, we will offer independent study opportunities and courses on special topics for students who plan to pursue post-graduate degrees in Japanese or careers that require more advanced Japanese speaking skills.”
The Japan Foundation is an independent administrative institution whose purpose is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The foundation provides a wide range of programs relating to the exchange of persons, support for Japanese studies and Japanese language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media related projects such as publications, translations and film or video productions.