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Friday, January 22, 2010

Decrease in Foreign Language Classes, except Chinese

Many schools across the US are cutting budgets and a frequent target of this is Foreign Language courses that are seen as nice to have, as compared to must have classes.

But, Chinese is increasing while other foreign language classes get cut. Why?

The Chinese government through the Confucius Institute is supplying teachers and even some funding for Chinese.

Foreign Languages Fade in Class - Except Chinese - NY Times.

I am still figuring out the Confucius Institute.

What I have figured out so far:
  • They have a publisher associated with them
  • Provide teacher training
  • Develop content
  • Provide Chinese teachers
  • Backed by the government of China.
  • They have over 60 locations in the US so far
  • Started in 2004.

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