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Lee and Magnet program students visit Trinity University

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On November 4, high school students in all levels of Chinese classes from Lee High School, NESA (North East School of the Arts), ISA (International School of the Americas), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy) visited Trinity University to tour the campus and observe college level Chinese courses. Students were divided into three groups each with their own tour guide and given a 50 minute tour of the campus. Each group got to see the gymnasium, library, new science building, dormitories and student center.

Chinese I students went to the first year Chinese class with Dr. Stephen Field, Chinese II students went to the second year Chinese class with Dr. Jinli He, and Chinese III and IV students observed the Advanced Chinese Composition course with Professor Ginger Wu. Each professor was very welcoming towards the students, happily allowing them to listen to their class discussions and even encouraged the high school students to participate by speaking Mandarin or English with the class to introduce themselves.

The college students were also happy to briefly converse with and speak Mandarin for the high school students. After the tours and classroom visits, a group picture was taken before we went and enjoyed authentic Chinese cuisine for lunch. Overall, this was a fruitful visit and positive experience for the high school students studying Mandarin Chinese.

According to Ethnologue and Kryss Talaat’s estimate, Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world by population. In fact, over 1.3 billion of people speak Mandarin Chinese globally. China is becoming one of the top global centers of the world. As a result, employers in major international companies expect business proficiency in Chinese to be in moderate or high demand in a decade. Seeing the trend and an increasing demand of the language skill in Chinese, Northeast ISD started offering Mandarin Chinese as one of its seven world languages in 2006-2007 school years. The program is expected to grow continuously. Therefore, if your child is interested in taking Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in NEISD, please contact the counselors at Lee high school.

Posted on November 11, 2013