Join us at our May 29th Final Presentation

Please join us for our

JAPANESE PLUS
YEAR-END STUDENT PRESENTATION

Our DC students will share some of what they’ve learned and experienced this school year
in our afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street, NW (17th & M) – near Farragut North metro stop 

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Student Exhibit and Reception
(an informal meet and greet, with light refreshents)

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Final Student Presentation
(seating is limited, so RSVPs required to guarantee a spot) 

Please contact me at sally@globalizedc.org to RSVP, or if you need further information.

Seeking Japanese teachers for next year’s Japanese Plus program

Globalize DC is growing its Japanese language programs in the 2019-2020 school year!! Japanese Plus is our innovative afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program for DC public high school students citywide. Review this website for much more information about the program.

We are seeking one or two new dynamic part-time Japanese teachers to join our team. Interested? Download the job announcement here:

2019 Japanese Teacher Recruitment

We will fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate(s). Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested.

Any questions? Contact sally@globalizedc.org.

ISO “Japan in DC” Co-Teachers for 2019 Program

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Globalize DC is now recruiting staff for our summer 2019 “Japan in DC” Program.

Introduced in 2017, “Japan in DC” gives interested DC public high school students the opportunity to explore and document the presence of Japan in their own city – through its individuals, institutions, and landmarks. This fun and educational four-week program is scheduled to run Monday-Friday, July 1- 26, 2019, 9 am – 3 pm.

We are now seeking two qualified and energetic teachers or international educators to lead this summer program. Graduate students, with appropriate experience and interests, are encouraged to apply. These are paid, part-time positions. We hope to select these individuals by early April.

Click here for more details and information on how to apply: 2019-Japan-in-DC-Teacher-Recruitment

Any questions? Contact sally@globalizedc.org.

 

Japanese Pop Comes to CHEC

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Ka-na performs.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2018 the students of Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) received a very special treat, courtesy of the Embassy of Japan. Ka-na (Kana Uemura), a New York City-based Japanese singer-songwriter, visited the school in recognition of the upcoming launch of CHEC’s new Japanese language program. The event was hosted by CHEC principal Maria Tukeva, and was attended by about 50 enthusiastic high school students, many of whom plan to enroll in one of the new Japanese classes scheduled to begin in January 2019.

The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy, Mr Kazutoshi Aikawa, introduced Ka-na, and also used the occasion to present a blown-up check to Principal Tukeva, representing a salary assistance grant to CHEC from the Japan Foundation in support of its new Japanese language program. Mr. Aikawa presented a second check from the Japan Foundation to Sally Schwartz for continued support of Globalize DC’s afterschool Japanese Plus program.

CHEC students were mesmerized and charmed by Ka-na’s musical performance – both vocals and guitar – held in the high school Library. In 2010, Ka-Na became a national star in Japan with her acoustic ballad, “Toire no Kamisama” or “Goddess of the Bathroom,” a heartfelt and moving song about her memories of her grandmother, which she sang during her afternoon performance. Her repertoire also included her new song, “Happiness,” other Japanese songs, and even a Michael Jackson cover.  At the conclusion of her singing, Ka-na warmly answered questions, took photos, and signed autographs with the students. It was a wonderful afternoon. The students can’t wait for Japanese classes to begin!

Columbia Heights Education Campus has hosted Globalize DC’s afterschool Japanese Plus program since fall 2016. Last school year, with an initial grant from the Japan Foundation-Los Angeles, Globalize DC offered a single Japanese I course to CHEC students during the school day. The class quickly reached maximum capacity, and led to CHEC’s decision to build its own Japanese language program, the first of its kind in a DC public school. Globalize DC will continue to work with CHEC as a community partner to nurture and help build community support for a strong Japanese language program that will benefit our city’s young people.

We thank the Embassy of Japan for their ongoing encouragement and support.

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Our SY2018-19 Japanese Plus Program Launches!

We’re thrilled to announce that our SY2018-19 Japanese Plus afterschool program launched on Saturday, September 29. Since then, our new DCPS and DC public charter high school students have been meeting twice a week (Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am-12 pm) at Columbia Heights Education Campus to pursue their avid interest in Japanese language and culture.

Japanese Plus is a citywide afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program open at no cost to DC public school students. Globalize DC created this program to address the lack of Japanese language programs in DC public schools

Twenty (20) students were selected for this year’s program through a citywide application process. We have ended up with a great group – dynamic, dedicated, curious, friendly, and a lot of fun! They represent ten different high schools from both DCPS and the charter sector – Banneker, BASIS DC, Capital City, DC International, Ellington, McKinley, Phelps, Washington Latin, School Without Walls, and Wilson.

You can learn more about each of our Japanese Plus students here.

We also encourage you to follow our Student Blog to learn about the Japanese Plus experience through the eyes of our students.

Special thanks again to the United-States Japan Foundation and Japan Foundation-Los Angeles for their generous financial support of this year’s Japanese Plus program. We could not offer this life-changing opportunity without you.

Application Period Opens for SY2018-19 Japanese Plus Program

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to another generous grant from the United States-Japan Foundation, Globalize DC will again offer its Japanese Plus program during the 2018-19 school year. Japanese Plus is a free afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program, open to DCPS and DC charter high school students.

You can learn about the program on this Globalize DC: Japan website here and through our student blog.

Globalize DC will select up to 25 new students. The program will meet from September 2018 through May 2019, twice a week – Wednesdays after school (4:30-6:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (9 am-12 noon), plus additional meetings. Meetings will be held at Columbia Heights Education Campus. Students who successfully complete the program may be able to earn high school credit towards graduation.

To be eligible, students must be DC residents attending either a DCPS or DC charter high school. Preference will be for 10th and 11th graders, although freshmen and seniors are also welcome to apply. We recommend students have a 2.5 GPA or above, though we do allow for some flexibility. Keep in mind that Japanese Plus will be like taking an extra class! We are seeking students who have both the interest and the high level of commitment to fulfill the requirements of this program.

To apply, complete the Online Japanese Plus Application Form at https://goo.gl/forms/QXXRhtLCvrUnfzc53.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; face-to-face interviews will be required. Final selections will be made in late August-early September 2018.

Please feel free to contact Sally at sally@globalizedc.org or 202-251-1692 if you have any questions.

Globalize DC joins J-LEARN Fall Seminar at GWU

On November 5, 2017, Globalize DC’s Director, Sally Schwartz, joined a Sunday afternoon seminar, sponsored by J-LEARN, on the current state of K-12 Japanese language education in the greater Washington, DC region. J-LEARN is a grassroots organization created by a coalition of parents, educators, and concerned individuals from the local DC area and dedicated to promoting and supporting the teaching of Japanese language and culture in public schools. The lively presentation and discussion focused on the benefits of Japanese language education for K-12 students preparing to enter the 21st century global economy, and strategies for promoting Japanese in a time of budgetary constraints, competition from other languages, and other challenges. We were happy to share information about our own afterschool model (Japanese Plus) as evidence that Japanese language teaching and learning is taking hold among DC public school students.

The event was held in conjunction with J-LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk, an annual Japanese language speech competition for university students, held at George Washington University. The occasion was also an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Ambassador John R. Malott, President of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, for his work in promoting US-Japan relations and Japanese language education.

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