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Local Students Immersed in Chinese Language, Culture and Fun

Four students from North Springs High School in Sandy Springs spent nearly 12 hour days, during a two week period, learning Chinese culture.

 

This summer, four North Springs Charter High School students participated in Startalk, a 2-week residential program where they were immersed in Chinese language and culture at Kennesaw State University.

Sophomores Langston Michael and Alexandria Lloyd, senior Brentton Ingraham and junior Barry Rich, were selected among applicants from several states.

They spent hours each day learning Chinese, also Chinese calligraphy, music, folk dance, film, and martial arts.

Students also visited local Chinese families during their 11-hour days. The program ended with a gala showcasing what the students had learned along with music and Tai Chi demonstrations from eight teachers who participated in a Startalk Chinese educators program that ran in parallel to the student program.

Gene Singleton September 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Kudos to the new Mandarin Chinese program! The teachers should integrate Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies into their curriculum. The movies come with both Chinese or English audio, AND English or Chinese subtitles to help kids understand better while not getting lost in translation. Movies such as Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Home Alone, Finding Nemo, or even Harry Potter, High School Musical, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The best thing these are the movies the kids have been watching, and now with Chinese conversation, and English subtitles, making learning fun and efficient. There is also a great benefit when you use Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies. Our kids were in the Mandarin Chinese speech competition last year. At the suggestion of the coach, the team started watching these movies, and benefited greatly. They learned how to conduct conversations in Mandarin Chinese, but with the content they are familiar with. Google keywords "Chinese dubbed", and you can find a few, including http://www.ChineseDubbed.com and eBay!

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