[Federal Register: January 8, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 5)]
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The International Research and Studies Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Publication of the year 2000 annual report.


SUMMARY: 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 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 
    (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

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the 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.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 

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

    Dated: January 3, 2001.
A. Lee Fritschler,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
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