2019 East Asia Seminars


This thirty-hour seminar is open to teachers of history, geography, social studies, English/language arts, art, music, technology, and other teachers who desire to incorporate teaching about East Asia into their curriculum. School librarians and administrators are also encouraged to apply.  It provides content and resources for teaching about China, Japan, and Korea.


  • Learn about East Asia from experts in the field.
  • Receive $150 personal stipend and certificate for completion of 30 hours (upon completion of requirements).
  • Receive $200 in course materials and a subscription to Education About Asia.
  • Have opportunity to become eligible for subsidized study tour in East Asia (pending funding) with completion of seminar requirements.
  • Optional graduate credit may be available through UMass/Amherst.


  • Attend sessions (5 Saturdays), complete readings and assignments. Any sessions missed must be made up with webinars or FCCEAS events.
  • Create a written implementation plan showing how information and resources from the seminar will be used in your classes.

Since enrollment is limited, early application is encouraged. Complete This Application and forward to Arlene Kowal, 6 Country Way, Florence, MA 01062 or email: arlene.kowal@gmail.com. Rolling admission.

To view last year’s syllabus, speak with previous participants, or for further information, contact Arlene Kowal at arlene.kowal@gmail.com.

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies (NCTA national site) is located at Smith College, 18 Henshaw B1, 201, Northampton, MA. Learn more at  fcceas@fivecolleges.edu.