The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 30, 2005


CSC weighs expansion of new Chinese language program

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle explored the possibility of offering Chinese in the elementary grades when she met with the Carlisle School Committee on September 21. She also noted that the new Chinese language classes for seventh and eighth graders are going well, and the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) has given a grant to the school to support a Chinese New Year celebration.

"Right now we are focused on Chinese and seem to be ignoring the European languages," commented School Committee member Michael Fitzgerald. Last May, the CEF awarded a two-year grant to the school to fund a World Languages program for grades K-5.

"Our students are entering a global economy," answered Doyle. She said they "must be prepared to be business partners" with the Chinese.

The exact plan for the elementary language program "hasn't been decided," Doyle added. The school will survey parents for their input.

Fitzgerald stressed, "I'm 100 percent in favor of introducing world languages in the elementary." Superintendent Doyle and School Business Manager Steve Moore will check with other schools to see what language is offered at the elementary level if only one is offered.

"I'd love to have a program where kids can sample many languages." said Fitzgerald.

"Research shows one language studied in depth is better," answered Doyle.

"I'd put Latin back in the mix. It's the root language for most European languages," said Fitzgerald.

"It's a big issue," School Committee chair David Dockterman continued, saying, "It's great that we can talk about these options." Doyle agreed.

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