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Mandarin generating interest in Vancouver BC

February 23, 2011

Young Mandarin voices resonate at Vancouver 2011-02-23 15:36:39
by Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — More schools in British Columbia are expressing interest in offering Chinese immersion classes following the success of this western Canadian province’s first Confucius Classroom.

In Coquitlam, a suburban city of Vancouver, the local school board has been offering “a dual language learning experience” for about 75 children at the kindergarten and grade-one levels since the start of the school year in September.

Under the tutelage of two native Mandarin-speaking and two English-speaking teachers, the children, all between five and seven, have been studying under a full-time curriculum comprising a half day of Mandarin study and a half day of English courses.

The Chinese programs cover physical education, mathematics, health and career education and Chinese language arts, while the English ones cover fine arts, science, social studies and English language arts.

Sandra Meister, principal of Walton Elementary, which houses British Columbia’s only Confucius Classroom, said the success of the program has surpassed expectation and that the school is planning to expand it.

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