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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Free Las Vegas Chinese Summer Camp


National program sponsors free Chinese language instruction - Las Vegas Review Journal

Some interesting tidbits in the article:

  • Startalk, a federally funded program, strives to improve America‚Äôs percentage by providing foreign language classes. 125 programs are offered nationwide this year.
  • Startalk was created seven years ago by the Department of Defense with the purpose of introducing Americans to foreign languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Portuguese.
  • 10 percent of native-born Americans speak a language other than English
  • A major obstacle in expanding the program has been a lack of qualified teachers. Because of this, a teacher training program was started in Nevada three years ago specifically to train Chinese language instructors. During the three-year span, 45 teachers have been trained through the program.

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