The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 28, 2008


Carlisle School Chinese program featured at conference

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and Chinese teacher Chiao Bin Huang spoke about the school’s Chinese Language program at a conference for educators held this month at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. At the Carlisle School Committee on March 19, Doyle described the event, which was organized by Primary Source, the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools and the UMass Confucius Institute.

Carlisle educators described the Chinese language program at a conference this month. (Courtesy photo)

The conference was titled, “The Fifth New England World Language Department Chairs Seminar on Teaching Chinese Language in K–12 Schools.” During the one-hour session, Doyle and Chiao Bin Huang discussed how to create a “model Chinese program,” Doyle said. Also presenting were the Malden and Springfield Public Schools. “I’m curious about the enrollment in the Chinese program,” said committee member Dale Ryder. Doyle said 21 fourth graders have signed up for Chinese next year. This year, she said, they had to ask some students to switch from their first foreign language choice to Chinese in order to balance class sizes. “The class sizes are about equal” this year, she said. Though Spanish remains the most popular with at least double the students opting for the language, the Spanish classes are split into two sections, keeping the class sizes on par with the French and Chinese classes.

Primary Source is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural enrichment opportunities for educators. ∆

© 2008 The Carlisle Mosquito