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ALLEX Graduates 29th Class of Trainees

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The graduation ceremony for the 2017 ALLEX Teacher Training Institute at Washington University in St. Louis marked an important milestone in the history of the organization: It ushered in the 30th Anniversary year of this unique program that began as Exchange:Japan in 1988 and evolved into ALLEX (The Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange) in 2005. It was 29 years ago that a Japanese philanthropist, Akio Terumasa, and Eleanor Jorden, a linguistics professor at Cornell, devised an ingenious program to advance the study of Japanese language at American universities. They called it Exchange:Japan and by the second year 76 universities had young Japanese graduates teaching their language to students who had never before had the opportunity to study an Asian language.

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