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Columbia SC to get Mandarin immersion

March 10, 2011

Wednesday, Mar. 09, 2011

USC helps launch Mandarin Chinese immersion school

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina’s Confucius Institute is helping launch a Mandarin Chinese immersion school that opens in the fall.

USC spokeswoman Peggy Binette said Wednesday the Institute is helping arrange for five teachers from China to serve on the faculty at the state charter school.

Instruction will be available for 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten as well as first and second grades. Additional grade levels are expected to be added each year to the Cayce school.

Binette says the Institute is cooperating with the Chinese Ministry of Education to provide Chinese textbooks and classroom materials.

Math, science and Chinese language study will be taught in Mandarin. English reading and writing will be taught by English-speaking teachers.

About 100 students are expected to enroll. Applications are being accepted through March 21.

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