Teaching Chinese in American Schools

DSC_1053There are so many reasons why it is important to teach Chinese in American schools.  I think the most important one is to give our children an advantage in the competitive world of the future.  China currently is one of the largest trading partners of U.S. It has the second largest economy in the world, and the average growth rate is over 10% per year.  Business opportunities make Chinese language very important, and knowing Chinese will create lots of opportunities for your children in the future.

China has over 1.3 billion population, which means at least one out of every five people living on the Earth speak Chinese. Chinese language is more popular than Chinese food, and is spoken in every corner of the world.

As a political aspect, Chinese is considered one of the highest categories of critical languages. Just last week I read that the FBI will pay more to hire someone if they speak Chinese. Expertise in a language is considered crucial to national prosperity and security. In recent years, U.S officials promoted Chinese language programs in all the K-12 grades.  The number of students who are studying Chinese increases rapidly every year.

China also has 5,000 years of history. Learning Chinese provides students a unique chance to immerse in the Chinese culture. As one of the four ancient civilizations, Chinese culture had a huge influence on other cultures in Asia. The Chinese language is full of history, wisdom and philosophical elements which gives students a better understanding of the root of their culture.

–Jin Ji
Chinese Teacher
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Download an actual presentation used by Mrs. Ji in class:  Learn How To Say “I love my family” in Chinese

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