Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 1:45 AM
The Confucius Institute at Xavier University has offered a Chinese language class since January. Some of the students who take this class are planning to join the summer studies program at Hebei University, the institute’s partner university with Xavier in China.
The instructor of this course is .Shu. .Peng,. who is also a member of the CI External Advisory Committee and a teacher at the weekend Academy of Chinese Studies.
“I have been enjoying teaching the Chinese national language, Mandarin, from elementary level to college,” Peng said. “The interest in learning the Chinese language has been increasing as people realize the importance of the language in today’s world.”
Peng hopes that the Louisiana’s education department will develop a certification program for Mandarin as a second language, which would help schools find certified Mandarin teachers.
Mandarin, the national language of China, is taught in all the Chinese classes in the city.
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