(KTSF by Jo Wan) A new school curriculum that targets students wanting to learn Chinese as a second language has been introduced by the Association of Northern California Chinese Schools and ACTEL (American Council on the Teaching Foreign Language). The curriculum emphasizes conversational Chinese with speaking and listening skills. At a meeting Tuesday night in the Sunnyvale Chinese Culture Center, principals and teachers demonstrated the new textbooks and teaching methods to other instructors.
One Principal of a Chinese School says that while the current curriculum is for students who can speak Chinese with their parents at home, the new curriculum targets students whose parents do not speak Chinese. Supporters say that with the increasing influence of China, many non-Chinese speakers in this country want to learn the language because of their interest in Chinese culture and history and the growing power of the Chinese economy.
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