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Department of Education.


Publication of the year 2000 annual report.


The Secretary announces the publication of the annual report listing the books and research materials produced with assistance provided under Section 605 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended.

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Section 605 of the HEA authorizes the International Research and Studies Program. Under this program, the Secretary awards grants and contracts for—

(a) Studies and surveys to determine the needs for increased or improved instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields, including the demand for foreign language, area, and other international specialists in government, education, and the private sector;

(b) Studies and surveys to assess the use of graduates of programs supported under Title VI by governmental, educational, and private sector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of programs so supported;

(c) Evaluation of the extent to which programs assisted under Title VI that address national needs would not otherwise be offered;

(d) Comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education;

(e) Research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields;

(f) The development and publication of specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields, or for training foreign language, area, and other international specialists;

(g) Studies and surveys of the uses of technology in foreign language, area studies, and international studies programs;

(h) Studies and evaluations of effective practices in the dissemination of international information, materials, research, teaching strategies, and testing techniques throughout the education community, including elementary and secondary schools; and

(i) Research on applying performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use.

2000 Program Activities

In fiscal year 2000, 19 new grants ($1,893,600) and 15 continuation grants ($1,981,400) were awarded under the International Research and Studies Program. These grants are active currently and will be monitored through progress reports submitted by grantees. Grantees have 90 days after the expiration of the grant to submit the products resulting from their research to Start Printed Page 1330the Department of Education for review and acceptance.

Completed Research

A number of completed research projects resulting from grants made during prior fiscal years have been received during the past year. These are listed below.

Yemeni Arabic-English DictionaryHamdi A. Qafisheh, Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210080, Tucson, AZ 85721-0080.
U.S.-Mexico Relations Curriculum ProjectWalter Falcon, Institute for International, Studies, C100 Encina Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6055.
Internet Living Swahili DictionaryAnn Biersteker, Yale University, Council on African Studies, 155 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511.
A National Survey of Foreign Language Instruction in Elementary and Secondary Schools 1995-1998 which contains: The National Survey, A National Directory of Early Foreign Language Programs: Searchable Web Database, and Lessons Learned from Model Early Foreign Language ProgramsNancy C. Rhodes and Lucinda E. Branaman, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), 4646 40th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Development of Curriculum Materials on China and JapanLinda K. Menton and Eileen H. Tamura, Curriculum Research and Development Group, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822.
SEAsite: A World Wide Web Site for the Languages of Southeast AsiaGeorge M. Henry, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL 60115.
Starfestival Net: An Internet Prototype for International Studies in the Less-Commonly Taught LanguagesShigeru Miyagawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 14N-305, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Beyond the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): The Standards Assessment Design Project: The PAU ProjectElvira Swender, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc. (ACTFL), 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801.
Survey of Foreign Language Registrations in United States Colleges and Universities, Fall 1998 with Comparative Registration Data for 1960, 1968, 1986, 1990 and 1995Richard Brod, Modern Language Association of America, 10 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003.
Audio Program for Chinese: Communicating in the CultureGalal Walker, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Foreign Language Center, Columbus, OH 43210-1063.
Multimedia Chinese Courseware for Classroom And Distance Learning CurriculumChing-I Tu, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Rutgers University, Scott Hall 330, 43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1164.

To obtain a copy of a completed study, contact the author at the given address.

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For a copy of the 2000 annual report and further information regarding the International Research and Studies Program, write to Jose L. Martinez, Program Officer, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7635.

If you use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document or the 2000 annual report referred to in this notice in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1125.

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Dated: January 3, 2001.

A. Lee Fritschler,

Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.

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