"True learning is complete only when action has been put forth."
(Xunzi, ca 313-238 BC, Confucian Devotional Writing)
In Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) courses, faculty design their curricula to include “real-world” situations and student-led projects along with knowledge-based teaching of concepts, ideas and information. ALC classrooms are interactive. Teachers help students to learn and reflect on their learning and to form positive identities of themselves as successful language learners. Students are guided to become independent learners and active contributors to their own learning.
Outside the classroom, ALC students are encouraged to pursue experiential learning in various forms of educational activities that can complement and enhance their learning in the target language and culture. Students can participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year, which are structured and organized by ALC faculty with the goal of providing further opportunities to experience the target culture and engage in the target community. Some students pursue volunteer opportunities and internships locally and on study abroad programs.
Noe Yoshioka graduated in 2016 with degrees in Japanese, Economics and Business. While at Puget Sound, Noe was also on the Spring 2016 Dean's list . Noe is the most recent Miki Scholar and spent a full year of Japanese language study in Kyoto.