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SVUSD May Offer Chinese Classes Next Year

Under a proposal coming before the school board, some area high schools would introduce beginning Mandarin Chinese courses.

Local high school students may get the chance to study Mandarin Chinese next year if a proposal to add beginning courses in the language is approved by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District board.

The school board is scheduled to review the proposal Tuesday evening at its monthly meeting in Mission Viejo.

If the board approves the new courses, "some high schools" in SVUSD could offer them for the 2012-2013 school year, according to the staff report. The report does not specific which schools are interested in adding Chinese classes to their course catalog and attempts to reach the district for more information were unsuccessful.

According to the report, enrollment, site funds for textbooks and materials and the availability of qualified staff are all factors that could affect which schools offer the courses.

The beginning course would help students develop initial listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with emphasis on practical use. Instruction would be primarily in Chinese.

Students would also learn about the culture and people of some Chinese-speaking countries.

The public portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SVUSD Board Room at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way.

Cheyenne Haney May 08, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I think it would be awesome if high schools taught Mandarin Chinese! I wish that would have been an option while I was still in HS, I would have loved to take it! I believe that a lot of students would be very interested in it. That being said, I'm not so sure that it's a very good idea, since schools are doing major budget cuts in other subjects, the costs of having Chinese classes could be put back to other areas that are suffering, and it would be much more beneficial that way. Therefore, having Chinese classes would be an interesting change for high school students, a new course would gather much interest, but at the same time, it's taking money away from areas that need it more.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Cheyenne, thanks for your thoughtful comment! I would also have loved to have the option to study Chinese in high school.
Mick May 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Might be a good thing. If the U.S. keeps borrowing from China, we may all be cleaning Chinese homes to pay it back.
MFriedrich May 09, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Good news. My only question is what took them so long?
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