Immersed in a new language
DeKALB – Chinese food, dragons and communism – those were among the few things local students said they knew about Chinese culture before taking the 12-day Startalk Summer Chinese Immersion Program at DeKalb High School.
The program is part of the federally-funded Consortium of Illinois Language Schools. Instructor Lifang Tsou, who also teaches at Glenbard West High School, said the purpose of the program is to teach children between the ages of 6 and 12 about Chinese language and culture. Although the program started in 2006, this is the first year it was presented in DeKalb. Tsou said there are several programs in the Chicago area; this is an effort to expand westward.
“I hope we can open the door for the students to learn about the Chinese culture,” site director Linda Ma said.
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