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Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 6:53am

Ga. Pre-K To Offer Chinese Classes

Georgia’s Pre-K program wants to teach all its students mandarin Chinese. It is piloting mandarin classes in three schools.

Funding for the Chinese lessons comes from the Kennesaw University’s Confucious Institute. Officials call it a ground breaking program that
exposes young children to Chinese culture and language. Right now Chinese teachers are in six classrooms in Cobb and Hall county.

The Georgia Department of Early Care says the program will help prepare children for the 21st century global economy. Officials say they plan to expand Chinese lessons to all Lottery funded Pre-K classes in Georgia, if they can get funding.

In recent years funding for foreign languages instruction for older Georgia students in public schools has been declining.