For Educators

Intensive Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Design Studio

UH-system East Asian language faculty are eligible to apply for this professional development program.

Visit for more information.

Informational Webinar

  • Thursday, January 25, 3:30 pm HST
  • Thursday, February 8, 1:30 pm HST

Attending one of these two informational webinars is one of the requirements for the onsite experience. Attend to learn details of the program and requirements for successful teams to participate in a project design experience on site at the UHM Center for Language & Technology.

If you are unable to attend a webinar, please contact for more information.

Professional Development Opportunities & Curriculum Development Resources at UHM


Culturally Responsive Curriculum Ideas (K-6 classroom) by AFFECT, College of Education

Specific Activities:

  • Greetings in many languages and ways
  • World Map
  • Show and Tell using cultural and linguistic artifacts
  • Read Aloud Culturally Informative and Sensitizing Children’s Books.  See list of children’s books (*EA cultural content).

Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative.  Hawai‘i is one of six states in the nation to establish a coordinating entity whose mission is to bring employers and educators together to build the state’s multi-lingual workforce.  One of the most impressive results of the Roadmap is the establishment of the Seal of Biliteracy in the Hawai‘i State Department of Education for graduating high school seniors at public and charter schools.

Multilingual, Multicultural Professional Practice (MMPP) Graduate Certificate.

The MMPP is a 15-credit interdisciplinary program that educates and trains graduate students from various disciplines to exemplify multilingual multicultural awareness and understanding in their professional practices, and in collaboration with professionals from other disciplines. It is a joint partnership between the College of Education (COE); the College of Arts, Languages & Letters (CALL); and other UHM professional schools, such as the Law School, whose overarching goals are to promote social justice, equity, and sustainability.

The certificate cultivates a strong sense of place, builds upon Hawaiʻi’s unique cultures and languages; and prepares graduates to be leaders in multilingualism, multiculturalism, and linguistic human rights.

Typical Length: 15 months

Delivery: summer hybrid

National Foreign Language Resource Center (U.S. Dept. of Education’s Title VI awardee) offers extensive resources (including summer institutes, mentoring programs, seminars, publications) for language educators.  In 2021, NFLRC focused on project-based language learning and online language pedagogy.

Summer Field Study Travel Course, ITE 403C Japan/Korea, offered by UHM’s College of Education.  This course is open to all students regardless of major, and open to in-service teachers.

Chinese Blended Learning Online Workshop May 2022

Have you ever wondered about “flipping” your classroom? Taking better advantage of technology so you can spend more class time doing communicative activities? This workshop might be right for you!

UHM National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) with support from the National Resource Center – East Asia

Upcoming EA Language Workshops in Spring 2023 (Korean language) and Summer 2023 (Japanese language) for community college and university faculty.

General Online Curriculum Resources


This information is provided as a resource only.  Inclusion on this list is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of any specific organization or program.


K-12 Classroom on East Asia


Asia for Educators by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.  This site provides videos, timelines, lesson plans, and primary sources on georgraphy, art, languages, history, and religions.


Education about Asia, Teaching Resource Journal by the Association for Asian Studies.  Online search of article database, and access to articles (pdf).  Subscribtion is necessary for print copies.


SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education by Stanford University.  Free multimedia series (curriculum resources) available on such topics as Structural Causes of Japan’s Los Decades, Japan and the World, and Beijing.  Curriculum units, including topics on EA, are available for purchase through the SPICE store.


K-12 Classroom on China


China 360 by the China Institute.  This website offers lesson plans and resource materials.  The China Institute in partnership with its Confucius Institute offers a summer intensive Chinese language program for in-service teachers.


China in World History by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.  Resources available include articles, videos, and powerpoints on three topics:  Ming Voyages in China’s History, Easternization (not “Westernization”), and Footbinding.  These resources were developed by Sara Schneewind.


Lesson Plans on China by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia—EA Studies Center at the Ohio State University.  This is a large database of lesson plans for educators.


Ten Top Films for Teaching about China Today on the National Council for the Social Studies website.  Lee, Tanya.  “Ten Top Films for Teaching about China Today.” Social Education. Vol. 71, no. 1, Jan./Feb. 2010, pp. 49-51.


K-12 Classroom on Japan


About Japan:  A Teacher’s Resource by the Japan Society (an American non-profit).  K-12 resources are grouped into six categories:  culture, environment, globalization, history, Japanese language, and social issues.  The website includes lesson plans, short articles, primary source images, and videos.


Japanese Films for High School/Middle School Students by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ).  These Japanese-language films, documentaries, and film clips were recommended by member of AATJ and other teachers and are intended not only to be used as resources for Japanese language but in general for Japanese society and everyday life.


Learning Resources by the Japan Foundation.  Ranging from videos, online textbooks, and blogs, this site offers resources on learning Japanese language and culture.  Educators should also review grant opportunities by the Japan Foundation for curriculum development.


TEA Online Curriculum Project (College of Arts and Sciences) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Lesson plans and educational resources on the following topics:  1) Becoming Modern, Early 20th c. Japan through Primary Sources; 2) Cultural Encounters, Teaching Japan in World History; 3) Imaging Japanese History; 4) Texts and Contexts, Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature; 5) Visualizing Japan in Modern World History.


Web Japan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  Site provides a wide range of resources on Japan, including short videos (Japan Video Topics), materials specifically for kids (Kids Web Japan), Japan Fact Sheet, and a fully online magazine (Niponica).


K-12 Classroom on Korea


Educational Resources by the Korea Society.  This site features numerous videos, lesson plans, books, and other curriculum resources.  One of the videos, Spotlight on Korean Studies in K-12 Schooling, was recently recorded on May 17, 2021.


Korean History and Culture Seminar for Educators, Presented by Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles and National Korean Studies.  This website features videos, an e-book Teaching East Asia: Korea specifically on teaching about Korea in K-12 classrooms, and teaching units.  Read a review of Teaching East Asia: Korea.