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Old 08-19-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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I saw an article in Time about first graders in Utah learning Mandarin Chinese. In the photos the kids were all caucasian. Is this a growing trend?

I went to a high school in the early 1980s where about 10% of the kids were Asian American but the only languages were French, German and Spanish. But this was in a large city.

Maybe I'm just getting old but I expected that Chinese would mostly be taught in towns with more diversity.

Also do first graders often study a second language?? At one town I lived in, foreign languages were taught only to 9-12th graders. At the bigger city, it was 7-12th.

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Old 08-19-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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I've seen a few teacher positions for Chinese at the high school level.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Capistrano School Program To Teach Kids in Chinese - Orange County - News - Navel Gazing

Capo to Offer County's First Chinese Language Program - Schools - San Juan Capistrano, CA Patch

Chinese-English school program to open next fall | program, mandarin, capistrano - News - The Orange County Register
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:21 PM
 
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IDK... a local high school that is almost totally white has been teaching Japanese for as long as I can remember.

And my son was taught Spanish in preschool.... back in the early '90s, with no Hispanics in the area.

Those languages are more practical, IMHO, than German and French.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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I'd rather have them learn C++, Java, and XML languages.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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I saw an article in Time about first graders in Utah learning Mandarin Chinese. In the photos the kids were all caucasian. Is this a growing trend?
Utah, you say? A lot of Mormons adopt orphaned (i.e., abandoned) Chinese baby girls. Maybe there is some affinity among the elders and school board members for Mandarin based on that connection?
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Chinese is considered a critical language The Language Flagship - Critical Languages In most other countries of the world, educated people are bi-lingual. Whenever I travel abroad I feel pretty stupid that I only know one language. Our High School (small town) offers Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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I've seen a few teacher positions for Chinese at the high school level.
High school - Heck, in our niece's magnet school, they're starting them on Chinese in 1st grade......and I can guarantee there's no "Chinese Connection" in Glastonbury, CT
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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I am continental european and speak 5 languages. Sadly! Though having lived in those countries I speak neither Arabic nor Mandarin.

One of the main priorities for selecting my kids' new school was that it teaches Mandarin by native speakers (Beijing pronounciation) from pre-k. My children are alreay bilingual and will learn Mandarin and Spanish from an early age. My eldest has shown a particular aptitude for learning languages so I wanted to give her the opportunity to do this.

Learning a language and becoming truly bilingual is more than just learning new words and memorizing them. Studies have found that bi- and trilingual children grow their brains in a more dense way than other kids. It's not just affecting the parts responsible for language but other areas of the brain as well.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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My kids' school district has lots of Asian American (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian) students. Mandarin is offered beginning in the fourth grade and students can take it from 4-12 grade. My kids started Mandarin in 4th grade. The district offers Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin.

Some parents are pushing hard for Hindi to be offered as well, but so far, no dice. I would add Arabic before Hindi, even though Hindi's a "heritage" language for so many in the district.

I personally believe that all American school districts should make every student study one European and one non-European language from elementary school through the senior year in high school.
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