The case for Japanese language education in California: A strategic advocacy action plan
Recently Japanese language K-12 programs in California are at greater risk for reduction or complete elimination. Despite being an important language for California's heritage, economy, and culture, classes are being cut statewide due to many reasons including budgetary restrictions and lack of "highly qualified teachers" defined by NCLB guidelines.
The California Association of Japanese Language Teachers has seen a decrease in membership and financial resources due to the previously stated problems. CAJLT voted to address these issues with stronger advocacy, but in order to do so the organization must have a clearer picture of the overall state of Japanese language education in California.
Therefore the goals of this paper are to; research the background and current state of Japanese language education in California, examine problems and challenges Japanese language education currently faces, and present those research findings. Finally, develop a strategic research-based advocacy plan for CAJLT to begin immediately.