FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1) WHO IS SPONSORING AND ORGANIZING THE WORKSHOP?
The National Foreign Language Resource Center and the National Resource Center East Asia at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa are pleased to sponsor this event. Dr. Kimi Kondo-Brown, Dr. James Dean Brown, Ms. Waka Tominaga, and Ms. Yukiko Watanabe serve as workshop facilitators, and NFLRC Program Coordinator Jim Yoshioka serves as workshop coordinator.
2) WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WORKSHOP? HOW DO I APPLY?
This workshop is intended for faculty members and Ph.D. students who are engaged in Japanese language education at postsecondary institutions who feel they have had limited training and experience in assessment (including testing), but want to improve Japanese language assessment practices in their home institutions.
In order to participate in the workshop, fluency in Japanese and English is required. Participants are expected to participate in sessions in English and Japanese and present their classroom assessment projects in English or Japanese toward the end of the workshop.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in the workshop, we encourage you to apply. Please submit an online application form by the January 31, 2012 deadline. The selection process will be a competitive one, so be sure to allow adequate time to fully answer the questions. Also, don't forget to proofread your entries before submission. If you experience any difficulty with the online form, please contact us for assistance.
Notification of selection results will take place by February 28, 2012 via email. We will be accepting around 20 participants for this workshop.
3) ARE THERE REQUIRED READINGS FOR THE WORKSHOP?
Yes. The following text and additional materials will be supplied to accepted participants free of charge upon arrival at the workshop.
- Kondo-Brown (2012)『日本語教師のための評価入門』Introduction to Assessment for Japanese Language Teachers (くろしお出版より2012年3月発売予定)
- A packet that includes materials written in English.
4) IS FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR ACCEPTED PARTICIPANTS?
To help defray travel expenses to attend the workshop, partial financial support (up to $1,000 for faculty/staff from U.S. mainland institutions) will be offered to successful applicants as funding permits. Because this partial financial support will likely not cover all costs involved in attending the workshop, we highly recommend that accepted participants look into supplemental travel support from their home institutions.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to restrictions on the federal grant which funds the NFLRC, we can only offer this partial financial support to participants who currently live in the United States and whose job impacts language research, learning, or teaching in the United States. Educators and researchers in foreign countries are ineligible for this partial funding. Students are also ineligible for partial funding, unless they are employees of their institution (e.g., paid teaching assistants, lecturers, etc.)
5) ARE THERE ANY WORKSHOP FEES?
There are no fees for submitting an online application form. However, accepted participants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNLESS NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE.
6) WHERE WILL THE WORKSHOP TAKE PLACE?
The July 10-13 workshop will be held in the Faculty Development Lab and Room 155A in Moore Hall on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus. Only accepted participants are allowed to attend.
The UH Manoa campus is 3 miles from Waikiki (about a 10-minute drive). If you are coming from the Honolulu International Airport, it is about a 20-minute drive (non-rush hour traffic). For directions, please check out our Transportation section.
7) ARE THERE LODGING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
There are a number of housing options available. For those who are on a budget or prefer the convenience of staying on campus, rooms in the East-West Center residence halls (Hale Manoa, Hale Kuahine, or Lincoln Hall) can be reserved by accepted workshop participants. Room rates range from $27 to $74 per night, depending on room type (dorm room or visitor housing).
For those who wish to stay in a hotel and have easy access to Waikiki and its beaches, shopping, and restaurants during workshop after-hours, rooms at the newly renovated Ohana Malia Hotel ($109/night) can be reserved. More information about housing options will be made available to workshop participants once they are accepted.
8) ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Workshop participants will be provided with continental breakfast refreshments each morning as well as afternoon snacks. There is also likely to be a welcome reception on the day before the workshop officially begins. Apart from that, participants are responsible for their own meals. Extensive information regarding on-campus and off-campus dining options will be provided to participants upon their arrival.
9) IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
No transportation is provided. Information regarding various economical transportation options can be found in our Transportation section.
10) IS CHILDCARE PROVIDED AT THE WORKSHOP?
No childcare is provided. Also, there are some restrictions regarding children staying in the East-West Center residence halls. Please contact us for more information.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.