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Mandarin Imposed on Minority Preschools

The Chinese Ministry of Education is making Mandarin the medium of instruction for preschoolers in areas where minority languages like Mongolian, Tibetan, and Uyghur, as well as regional Chinese languages like Sichuanese or Cantonese,...
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US Looks to Taiwan for Chinese

Through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), the U.S. and Taiwan have launched the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative, which is aimed at “expanding access to Mandarin and English language instruction, while safeguarding academic freedom.” The move comes after...

Online Mandarin Classes

Mandarin Matrix is offering online classes for children learning Mandarin as a second language. The Mandarin Matrix Online Classroom is open to children in elementary school and middle school and is designed to strengthen...
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Confucius Institutes Refocus on Chinese Language

China’s Confucius Institutes, which have become the backbone of the country’s worldwide soft power strategy, are being rebranded in the face of widespread criticism. The institutes, launched in 2004, are public educational partnerships between...

‘No Barrier’ to Chinese Becoming ‘Global Language’

Australian author and professor Dr. Jeffrey Gil, of Flinders University in Adelaide, claims there is “no barrier” stopping Chinese becoming a “global language” like English, as universal literacy is not required for a global...

Hong Kong Dismisses Mandarin Controversy

In May, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor dismissed a controversy over the use of Mandarin in public schools and whether Cantonese should be considered the city’s mother tongue as a “nonissue,” telling legislators...

Opinion–Can We Make Chinese Less Graphic?

While many schools are dropping foreign language classes, the number of schools offering Mandarin Chinese courses is rising. In 2001, about 300 schools...

Confucius Launches Chinese Online Test and Programs

The Confucius Institute and XuetangX have launched a platform for students around the world who want to learn Chinese and pass the HSK proficiency tests. The courses are available at www.chinesetest.cn. Beginners can register...

Bilingual children do find it easier to pick up other languages

It is often claimed that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, this hypothesis has found support in a new study of brain activity, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published...

U.S. Team Wins ” Chinese Bridge ” Contest

A team from the U.S. has won the 15th "Chinese Bridge" language proficiency competition for secondary school students in Kunming, the capital of...
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