Hopkinton High School will offer a unique opportunity to learn one of society's critical languages through a 10-week adult Chinese course beginning in January. This course will be taught by Jiling Pan, a Chinese exchange teacher working at Hopkinton High, and will focus on understanding and speaking basic Chinese words and phrases that would be helpful when traveling in China or building foundational knowledge of the Chinese language for future study. Photo reprinted from HHSPress story.
The course will be Monday evenings, 7pm – 9pm, at Hopkinton High. It will start Monday, Jan. 10, and continue through the end of March. The fee is $65 and includes a textbook and CDs that the participants can use to practice on their own. The course is open to all residents of Hopkinton and teachers in the Hopkinton Public Schools.
If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Leslie Moothart in the high school main office at email@example.com or call her at 508-497-9820. If you have any questions about the course, please contact Principal Alyson Geary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the instructor: Jiling Pan is participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program under the direction of the American Councils for Education. She is one of 15 exchange teachers from China for this program out of hundreds of applicants. She is from Pingxiang, China, and graduated from Jiangxi Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She teaches English at Pingxiang High School (3,000 students and 297 teachers), a key school in Jiangxi Province. Her goals for participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program are to pass on friendship, peace and knowledge; to pass on China's outstanding cultural traditions; and to deepen mutual understanding between countries. You can read more about the Teachers of Critical Languages program at http://www.americancouncils.org/TCLP/.
If you would like more information about this topic, or would like to schedule an interview with teacher Jiling Pan or Principal Alyson Geary, please contact Geary at 508-497-9820.