World languages program in some Texas schools offers much more than basic Spanish

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Elementary students in Grapevine can’t actually go to China or France this summer, but they’re learning about the customs and cultures in those countries, along with a sampling of their languages.

Teacher Chichein Lu’s students learned about Chinese holidays and celebrations. On the last day of the enrichment camp, they staged a fashion show, made a party decoration depicting the Chinese word for spring and reviewed their conversational Mandarin.

“This is an ice-breaking program,” Lu said as the 10- and 11-year-old campers played with Chinese yo-yos at Cross Timbers Middle School. “Chinese is easy to learn, and children this age will take a risk and try out something new.”

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