State College

State College Area School District adds Chinese courses to language program

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the State College Area school board approved the addition of two Chinese courses to the high school’s World Language program.

In December 2008, the addition of Chinese 1 was approved, but a teacher was not hired because of budget constraints, according to information from district spokesman Chris Rosenblum.

Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said Monday that administrators will look at student interest to determine staffing.

Chinese has been offered through the high school’s Learning Enrichment program, taught first by native speakers from the community and student heritage speakers, then by Penn State graduate students through a partnership with the Confucius Institute and the department of Asian studies, Rosenblum said.

The additions to the World Language department will allow students to meet college world languages admissions requirements by taking Chinese for at least two years.

The World Language program also offers Arabic, French, German, Latin and Spanish.