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ERIC Number: EJ787295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Chinese by Choice
Beem, Kate
School Administrator, v65 n2 p40-47 Feb 2008
A 2004 College Board survey revealed that school districts around America wanted to offer Chinese, but finding qualified teachers was a problem, says Selena Cantor, director of Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives for the College Board. So last year, a new College Board program brought guest teachers from China to school districts in 31 states. The program gives districts a chance to jumpstart a new language program and test the waters of its popularity. Teacher licensure in most states hasn't caught up with the trend, creating issues for some districts, but change is coming in that arena, too, with many states developing alternative or provisional licensing opportunities. Eight years ago, Chinese wasn't on the radar screen, with only about 5,000 students nationwide in grades seven through 12 studying the language. Now, between 30,000 and 50,000 American elementary and secondary students are studying the Chinese language. The growth is happening in every corner of the country. Some school districts have built their own programs and relationships with guest teachers from the Chinese mainland, while others have been helped along by partnerships with American colleges and universities with ties to China. Some of the newest programs have been born of the College Board guest-teacher program. In this article, the author presents how six school districts around the country have tackled the issue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; China; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Pennsylvania