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Session 129: ROUNDTABLE: Standards in Japanese Language Education (Sponsored by ATJ)

Organizer and Chair: Laurel Rasplica Rodd, University of Colorado

Discussants: Hiroko Kataoka, California State University, Long Beach; Yasuhiko Tohsaku, University of California, San Diego; Carl D. Falsgraf, University of Oregon; Fumiko K. Foard, Arizona State University; Laurel Rasplica Rodd, University of Colorado

Representatives of the Association of Teachers of Japanese will report on the development and dissemination of the K–16 "Standards for Japanese Language Education," developed jointly by the ATJ and the National Council of Secondary Teachers of Japanese and published in October 1998 by the National Standards in Foreign Language Education Collaborative Project. The audience will be engaged in discussion of the implications for Japanese language education in the areas addressed by the "Standards" (Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, Communities).

This will be followed by a presentation by members of the ATJ/NCSTJ National Working Group on standards implementation. The members of the panel will present an overview of their research into what has been done in the areas of teacher education and professional development, curriculum and materials development, classroom practice and instructional delivery, and assessment related to standards-based education. This will be followed by a strategy discussion to determine what sorts of research and model projects are needed to help schools and universities nationwide implement standards-based education.