China funds language courses for British Columbia schools

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon May 26 13:39:34 UTC 2008

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The Vancouver Sun

China funds language courses for B.C. schools

An unusual announcement today from Premier Gordon Campbell.
The Chinese government has agreed to pay for the development of three
Mandarin language courses that will become part of the B.C.
curriculum. The courses - described by the premier as a "gift" from
one Olympic Games host country to another - will be for Grades 10, 11
and 12. They will also be available for free to any B.C. resident
through LearnNow BC, says a release from the premier in Beijing. High
school students taking the courses will earn four credits per course
towards graduation. The Confucius Institute, which operates in
downtown Vancouver by way of a partnership between BCIT and China,
will develop the courses along with the ministry's course content
development experts, the release says. The Confucius Institute's dean,
Lawrence Gu, describes this unusual arrangement as a "visionary
program (that) will further facilitate mutual understanding and
friendship between the people of Canada and China."

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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