Ecology and Vitality of Language Programs

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Advocating for Japanese FLT | American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages | November 11, 2021

Teachers of less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs) must often manage curriculum design, recruitment, and advocacy in isolated “departments of one.” In this session, three Japanese teachers demonstrate how awareness of their small programs’ larger ecological contexts has helped to identify networks of support and sustain their vitality.


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Betty Brown
Japanese Instructor in Arkansas and MAFLT Student

Yoshiko Himata Paris
Japanese Instructor in Virginia and MAFLT Alum

Tracie Whiting Kipper
Japanese Instructor in Missouri and MAFLT Alum

Dr. Amanda Lanier
MAFLT Program Director

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