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Summer Teaching Training Workshops

The UCLA International Institute is offering four exciting professional development opportunities for teachers Summer 2005.

Passages thru Time in Latin America

3-day seminar, July 13, July 20, and July 27, 9 am-4 pm daily
2 University Extension quarter-units
Most suitable to middle school and high school history and social studies teachers.

The history of Latin America is too often seen in a duality of opposites which have formed the basis of academic debates: colonial vs. national independence, countryside vs. urban, subsistence vs. export economics, regional vs. national history, liberal vs. conservative politics, corporate vs. class-based politics, backward vs. modern, etc. Until recently, these debates have fueled the core historigraphy of Latin America.

In this course, we will attempt to break free of the yoke of these classic dualisms looking, instead, for a more supple interpretation of Latin American history. At the heart of our approach will be an exploration of the so-called "Middle Period" of Latin American history--a period which has recently finessed its way between the classic historiographical divisions of colonial and national history.

Using a variety of sources--including articles, books, photography, painting, films--we will conduct seminar discussions of materials both at UCLA as well as online. The knowledge gained from the seminar proceedings will be applicable across the disciplines and especially at the junior high and high school levels. For accreditation (2 University Extension quarter units) participants are expected to be actively engaged in the academic and educational discourse and produce a critical essay dealing with the content, and its application to their teaching.

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Africa: Linking the Past and Present

10-day workshop, July 23-August 4
(9 am-4 pm daily, excluding weekends except first Sat)
4 LAUSD multicultural specific salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units
Most suitable to middle school and high school history and social studies teachers.

Africa and African history have long been considered in terms of the "traditional" and the "customary," as though Africa and Africans are somehow fixed in time while the rest of the world moves forward. What little awareness people outside the continent may have of Africa often includes very little understanding of contemporary developments. Tragedies of war and pestilence are reported in the press to the virtual exclusion of positive events and outcomes, the triumphs of every day life, and Africa's many positive contributions to the wider world.

This workshop will familiarize educators with aspects of life in contemporary Africa while placing current issues facing the continent in the context of African history. The program will explore the recent history of the continent including political developments, and provide introduction to key leaders, discussion of natural and human resources, a consideration of gender issues, and population patterns. This examination will take place in the context of colonialism, the decolonization movement, nation-building, and current progress as well as contemporary crises. Presentations will also explore international developments after WWII with a specific focus on the Cold War as it played out in Africa. Globalization and the impact of information and technology sectors will be examined along with urban culture, artistic brilliance, and new development initiatives by Africans for Africans, and out-migration in ever-expanding African Diasporas

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Spanish and French in a Global Culture

10-day workshop for foreign language teachers, July 23-August 4
(9 am-4 pm daily, excluding weekends except first Sat)
4 LAUSD salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units

From their origins in south west Europe, both Spanish and French have become truly international languages. The colonial legacy of Spain and France contributed much to spreading these languages throughout the world -- from Senegal, Algeria and Lebanon to the Philippines, Vietnam, Cuba and Canada. In the United States both Spanish and French have become ingrained in the cultural and educational landscapes of this multicultural society. Many of the immigrant students who populate our schools come from nations where either Spanish or French is spoken.

The objective of this intensive summer workshop is to enrich the instruction of Spanish and French by providing content and materials that will help teachers of these commonly taught languages make clear to students the importance of these languages in history and in an emerging global culture.

Demonstration of innovative approaches and discussion of content and resources will enable teachers and students to embrace the cultural diversity and multiplicity of expressions that have come to define these Romance languages and their use in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas. Understanding how the culture of various nations connect make students better prepared to study foreign languages, literature and history at the university level, while advancing their career pursuits in education and research, business, media and both community and foreign service.

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East Asia in My Classroom

-- Held on the UC Riverside campus --
10 day program, July 30, August 1-5, August 8-11, 2005
9 am - 4 pm daily
3 hour follow up session in October 2005
UC Riverside Extension Credit pending

Interested in adding more about East Asia to your curriculum? Wish you had taken East Asia-related courses in history, literature, politics, and geography in college? Eager to learn about effective teaching strategies and materials? Willing to invest some time this spring getting up to speed?

Home to a third of the world's people, some of the oldest and most complex civilizations, and several of the largest and most dynamic economies, East Asia has long interested Americans. A partnership between the UCLA Asia Institute, UC Riverside, and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia will equip secondary school teachers to help students learn about East Asia while developing vital analytical and communication skills.

Participants meeting all seminar requirements will receive stipends and library grants and become eligible to participate in a subsidized study tour of East Asia in summer 2006. Priority in enrollment will be given to world history and language arts teachers, though others may apply.

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The programs combine presentations and discussions of content, pedagogy, and resources; readings; cinema and multimedia; informational technology, library and field studies; and curriculum development assignment.

$125 fee (not required for UCR-based Asia program) includes registration and accreditation, parking, refreshments, UCLA library card, and educational materials.

To enroll, please click the link of the workshop you wish to join. You will be requested to fill out an online form. Kindly do so fully and accurately to expedite your enrollment in one of our programs.

Looking forward to seeing you at UCLA this summer!

For more information please contact:

Jonathan Friedlander
Outreach Director
UCLA International Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Sponsored by the UCLA International Institute and its Africa, Europe And Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, Southeast Asia Studies Centers, and Asia Institute. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.

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