[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 135 (Friday, July 15, 2005)]
[Pages 40997-40998]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13996]



The International Research and Studies Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Publication of the year 2004 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 of 1965, as 
amended (HEA).

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 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 of the HEA, 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 of the HEA that address national needs would not otherwise be 
    (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.

2004 Program Activities

    In fiscal year 2004, 9 new grants ($1,214,019) and 34 continuation 
grants ($4,426,881) 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 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
Interactive Web-based Modules for        Dr. Irene A. Bierman,
 Turkish Listening Comprehension.         University of California, UCLA
                                          Center for Near Eastern
                                          Studies, Box 95140, 10286
                                          Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Language Materials Project:         Dr. Thomas J. Hinnebusch,
 Evaluating National Needs and            University of California,
 Resources for Modern Less Commonly       (UCLA), ISOP--Box 951406, 1401
 Taught Languages.                        Ueberroth Bldg., Los Angeles,
                                          CA 90095-1406.

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Foreign Language Articulation from       Drs. David K. Herzberger,
 Secondary Schools to Postsecondary       Barbara Lindsey, and Timothy
 Institutions.                            G. Reagan, University of
                                          Connecticut, Department of
                                          Modern Languages, U1057--337,
                                          Storrs, CT 06269-1133.
Aswaat Arabiyya Arabic Web-based         Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, Emory
 Listening Materials Project.             University, Institute for
                                          Comparative and International
                                          Studies, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Exploring in Chinese: A Second Year      Dr. Cynthia Ning, University of
 Curriculum.                              Hawaii, Center for Chinese
                                          Studies, Sakamaki D-200, 2530
                                          Dole Street, Honolulu, HI
Southeast Asia Site: Language Learning   Dr. George M. Henry, Northern
 Research over the World Wide Web.        Illinois University,
                                          Department of Computer
                                          Science, DeKalb, IL 60115-
A Tajik Persian Reference Grammar......  Dr. John R. Perry, The
                                          University of Chicago,
                                          Department of Near Eastern,
                                          Languages and Civilizations,
                                          1155 East 58th Street,
                                          Chicago, IL 60637.
Haitian Creole-English Dictionary......  Dr. Albert Valdman, Indiana
                                          University Creole Institute,
                                          Ballantine Hall 604, 1020 E.
                                          Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington,
                                          IN 47405-7103.
Survey of Foreign Language Enrollments   Dr. Elizabeth B. Welles, Modern
 in United States Colleges and            Language Association of
 Universities, Fall 2002.                 America (MLA), 26 Broadway,
                                          3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-
Literacy and Early Language Learning:    Dr. G. Richard Tucker, Carnegie
 Acquisition and Assessment.              Mellon University, Department
                                          of Modern Languages, 5000
                                          Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Interactive, Listening Modules for       Dr. Ellen Rafferty, University
 Indonesian and Lao.                      of Wisconsin, Department of
                                          Languages and Cultures of
                                          Asia, 1220 Linden Drive,
                                          Madison, WI 53706.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For a copy of the 2004 annual report 
and further information regarding the International Research and 
Studies Program, contact Mr. Ed McDermott, Program Officer, 
International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 
1990 K Street, NW., suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: 
(202) 502-7636 or via e-mail at: Ed.McDermott@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this 

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

    Dated: July 12, 2005.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 05-13996 Filed 7-14-05; 8:45 am]