Chinese offered to student K-12 free of cost | Families
A federally sponsored program will allow students to study Chinese this summer at Gonzaga University.
The $95,610 grant from Startalk is designed to foster interest in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi. This grant will give 60 K-12 students in the Spokane area the unique opportunity to learn Chinese.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the modern languages department at Gonzaga has secured this grant. The grant allows Gonzaga to offer the program free of cost. If a student wants to take the class for credit, a small fee applies. All books and instructional material are covered by the grant.
The program also includes Chinese cultural activities such as Tai Chi, calligraphy, dance and watercolor painting.
Three sessions will be offered at Gonzaga: one for kindergarten through sixth graders, one for middle school and one for high school. The elementary program runs for two weeks from June 24 through July 5. The middle school and high school programs will each run for four weeks, from July 1 through July 25.
The U.S departments of State, Education and Defense, and the director of National Intelligence are collaborating to dramitcally increase the number of Americans learning "critical-need languages." They say instruction in these languages is vital to encure U.S security, maintain economic competitiveness and foster intercultural understanding.
Ben Semple, who wrote the grant proposal, will be working on the project with lead instructor, Bin Cheng Crow, teacher trainer, Mary Jeannot and senior program assistant, Lisa Meyer.
Gonzaga will begin accepting the applications soon for each of the sessions. For application procedures, to download application materials or for questions, visit www.gonzaga.edu/startalk or contact Ben Semple at (509) 313-6721.