More New York students are enrolling in Chinese courses

09/27/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

More New York schools are teaching Mandarin Chinese to students as early as kindergarten, including one elementary school that replaced Spanish-language courses with Chinese instruction. The focus on Chinese is supported by the federal government, which often provides grants to schools that agree to offer the language, and the Chinese government's Confucius Classroom program. There also is a focus on certifying teachers in Chinese instruction.

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