09 Apr '11, 7pm

Rise of Chinese classes in the US - The Straits Times

Chin Hon talks about the increasing popularity of Chinese language lessons in the US. WHEN he opened his first Chinese language school in downtown Chicago back in 2004, Mr Andy Zhang managed to attract only 20 students for the whole year. This year, however, he expects student enrolment to hit 400, and plans to open four more schools in Dallas, Denver, Milwaukee, and Houston to cater to growing interest in other parts of the United States. Across town at the Confucius Institute in Chicago, a partnership between China's Education Ministry and Chicago Public Schools, Ms Jane Lu is also pondering how best to meet the growing demand for Chinese language classes. Though the programme she currently oversees has 60 teachers compared to just three when it began 11 years ago, resources are still being stretched thin and she often has to say no to new requests from the city’s public...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/4/9/chinese-classses-a...

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