Foreign Language and Area Studies

Foreign Language and Area Studies

UH has long been a center of excellence in the languages, history, economies, and cultures of the Asia Pacific region. During the grant period, the CIBER will provide innovative language learning resources to build the capacity of institutions across the U. S. to teach Asian languages.

East Asian Business Language Curriculum Development and Assessment

The UH East Asia Center (EAC) oversees 128 faculty and 337 EA courses across 21 academic units and 8 professional programs/schools. Of these, 125 are language courses in the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean that enroll about 3,200 students annually. The UH CIBER will work with the UH Language Resource Center and the University of Michigan to develop a language learning and evaluation protocol that can be used by universities across the US to assess student learning in Chinese and Japanese. Working with the Korean Language Flagship Center, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) language program, the UH CIBER will also fund the development of a new online business Korean language module.

Southeast Asian Business Language Curriculum Development

With over 70 faculty members offering more than 140 language and area courses, the UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) represents the largest concentration of Southeast Asia specialists in the US and is one of only eight National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian Studies in the nation. The UH CIBER will work with language experts across campus to develop business language online learning modules for the LCTLs of Vietnamese, Tagalog (Filipino), Thai, and Indonesian. Faculty and students from the PACIBER member schools in Southeast Asia will assist the CIBER in obtaining authentic materials and testing the curriculum in these languages.

Microfinance Studies in Asia and the Pacific Islands

The UH CIBER will work with the Grameen Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, and other national and multilateral organizations as well as UH interdisciplinary researchers to develop a specialized program in microfinance. The intent is to train a new cadre of experts in this field to serve the needs of US government and NGOs engaged in economic development in the Asia Pacific region.

Chinese and Korean Language for Business Professionals

As the global economy recovers, travel and tourism are expected to be among the fastest growing industries. The UH CIBER will work with Kapi‘olani Community College to develop new Chinese and Korean language programs tailored to the needs of industry personnel. These programs will help Hawai'i businesses to be better equipped to expand trade with these fast growing economies.

CIBER Language Consortium Co-sponsorship

During the 2010-2014 grant period, the CIBER Language Consortium will work to help “mainstream” business language in foreign language departments by introducing panel discussions at the annual Modern Language Association conference or similar venues that typically do not address applied language topics. The UH CIBER will co-sponsor the CIBER business language consortium annually, and has volunteered to host the 2012 conference in Hawai’i.

Study Abroad Experiences for Language and Area Studies Students

The UH CIBER will continue to work with the UH’s Study Abroad Center to enable graduate and undergraduate students in language and area studies to participate in overseas studies to improve their language skills, develop a deeper understanding of culture, and observe international business through first hand experiences in a foreign country.

Global Business Project for MBA Students

The UH CIBER will co-sponsor the University of North Carolina’s Global Business Project and will lead teams for projects in Vietnam in 2011 and in Korea in 2012. This will leverage the proposed Vietnam Research Center of Expertise, online Business Vietnamese module, and the business networks that have been developed through Shidler College’s MBA programs in Vietnam. Resources of the UH’s Korean Language Flagship Center will be utilized for the benefit of students across the US participating in the Global Business Project.