Expanding Chinese Language Capacity in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges. Establishing K-12 Critical Language Programs Workshop Portland, Oregon April 26, 2007. Vivien Stewart Vice President, Education, Asia Society. Why Chinese?.
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Establishing K-12 Critical Language Programs Workshop
April 26, 2007
Vice President, Education, Asia Society
China's emerging as one of the centers of the world, if not the center of the world….
If my kids were of very young ages today, I would be asking them, and encouraging them, to learn Chinese.
December 25, 2005
Foreign Language Enrollments in United States Institutions of Higher Education, 2002
ADFL Bulletin, Modern Language Association Survey
Foreign Language Enrollments in Public Secondary Schools (Grades 7–12), 2000
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
*and Princeton University Survey
What would it take to have 5 percent of high school students learning Chinese by 2015?Challenges
1. Lack of teachers is the key bottleneck
Less than 10 institutions prepare Chinese language teachers
2. Lack of Knowledge and Resources
3. Lack of Materials and Delivery Systems
Rapidly growing interest!
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