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Chapel Hill wants to close Mandarin immersion, switch to Spanish immersion

April 20, 2012

Dual Language Plan Draws Fire From CHCCS Parents

Elizabeth Friend Reporting
CHAPEL HILL- More than two hundred parents, teachers and students packed Town Hall on Thursday night to ask the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board to reconsider the proposed changes to the dual language program. Their concerns were multifaceted.

Many wore red to symbolize support for the Mandarin Chinese program at Glenwood Elementary. Administrators have recommended ending that program at the end of this year, a move Ardra Salemy says would be short-sighted.

“When our program began 10 years ago, it was one of just a few Mandarin programs nationally. Now there are more than 75 as the U.S. has become increasingly aware of the importance of good communications with China,” said Salemy. “Is our district going to fall behind and watch while other school districts get ahead? All Mandarin immersion programs face the same struggles we do, but they decide the benefits to their students, schools, communities and our country far outweigh the challenges.”

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  1. April 25, 2012 2:08 pm

    It’s sad that such great program is cut when everyone realizes this becomes even more important to learn Mandarin. For those who will miss their Mandarin Chinese classes and teachers, they can watch Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies at home and continue learning Mandarin Chinese more efficiently! They can order from

    Be creative! You can certainly learn Mandarin Chinese outside of your classroom, and inexpensively, without the funding from your school.

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