Learning to Speak Chinese
More than fifty kids are spending their summer learning a new language.Caitlin Burchill has the story.Lanterns light up classrooms at Husson University as students young and old learn Chinese.”Not a lot of schools maybe twenty at most high schools with Chinese program right now so a lot of kids do not have opportunities to learn Chinese in their student life so this program provides a unique opportunity.”Bangor Chinese School’s Star Talk Program is the only one like it in the state.The program is federally funded and supported by Maine’s Department of Education, the City of Bangor, and surrounding school districts.”And the kids love it and the Chinese language right now is so important for the kids and a person for Maine. Because Maine works with China in more things going on more business more education exchange.”The teachers make the learning fun…the younger kids learned Chinese by playing duck duck goose.”We think its very interesting. My mom said if I learn it then I could grow up and go to China and I could see a lot of cool things and I wouldn’t have someone to say the stuff for me. I could just say it and its just really cool because you can communicate for two languages.”"I’ve been doing this program for five or six years. I’ve gone on a few trips to China, but I’m going on a trip with the Chinese Exchange school in a couple weeks.” “I’m going to China as well I was here last year for the camp this is my second year. I’ve been studying Chinese for about five or four years and the camps really a great way to get more practice and meet the kids who are going to china with us.”The program is even helping this Dexter Regional High School teacher….who has Chinese exchange students in her classes.”When I’m teaching them English this will help so if I can say one word in Chinese that will help them learn the English that will help. And in the long run it benefits our students so they can get this cross cultural experience that they’ve never had before.”This teen traveled from New York to take the program.”I’ve learned a lot here and my parents will be happy that I learned a lot.”"I just started in January actually and now I’m here. I feel like I’m really flourishing in this environment because that’s the purpose. This is a place for people who want to be here and want to learn.”Caitlin Burchill, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.