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Catching Your Students with Pokemon: Japanese Popular Culture in the Classroom using NCTA Curriculum

Kids of all ages love Pokemon, Totoro and Hello Kitty. This workshop showed teachers how to use students’ fascination with Japan’s vibrant pop culture as a gateway to learning about the history and culture of Japan and other Asian countries.

Professor Brian Dowdle led a lecture about Japanese popular culture and an introduction on resources from the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). Professor Dowdle is the Co-Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Montana, where he teaches courses on Japanese literature, language, and history.

The workshop was open to pre-service and in-service teachers and was especially relevant for social studies and history teachers, librarians and other educators interested in finding new ways to reach students.

This FREE seminar was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Date and location

Monday, Nov 25th, 4:30-7:30 PM, University of Montana School of Education, Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, Room ED241.

Program Benefits

Program Leader

Brian Dowdle

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