Hopkinton High School offers Adult Chinese Course

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Hopkinton High School will be offering 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 School, 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.

The course will be held on Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at Hopkinton High School. It will start on Monday, January 10th and continue through the end of March. The fee for the course is $65 and includes a textbook and CD’s 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 email Leslie Moothart in the high school main office at [email protected] or call her at 508-497-9820. If you have any questions about the course, please contact the high school principal Alyson Geary at [email protected].

About the instructor: Jiling Pan is participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program under the direction of the American Councils for Education. She was chosen as one of 15 exchange teachers from China for this program out of hundreds of applicants. Ms. Pan is from Pingxiang, China and graduated from Jiangxi Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Currently she teaches English at Pingxiang High School (3,000 students and 297 teachers), a key school in Jiangxi Province. Ms. Pan is married with one daughter, and her hobbies are reading and listening to music. 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 peoples of both 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 Alyson Geary, at 508.497.9820.