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North Carolina Mandarin immersion program going strong

December 12, 2013
CIT WSJ_1212_Chinese Second grade teacher Chunling Zhang talks about emotions as she leads her class at Konnoak Elementary School Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:15 pm

Arika Herron/Winston-Salem Journal

Standing inside the doorway of Chunling Zhang’s second-grade class at Konnoak Elementary School, it can be hard to understand exactly what’s going on.

It looks like a traditional classroom — the walls are covered in posters, cutouts of farm animals and student work; students sit in rows of desks and raise their hands to answer questions.

Peeking in the door, though, visitors are greeted with a cheerful “ni hao.”

Zhang’s students are in their third year of Konnoak’s Chinese language immersion program. The majority of the day, she instructs the students in Mandarin Chinese.

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