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CHINESE GUEST-TEACHER PROGRAM FILLS LANGUAGE VOID IN WAKE

Fan Zeyuan, one of four teachers from China newly arrived in Wake County schools, asked the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders she's teaching to write a little essay on this topic: What is the relationship between the Chinese language and your dreams for your life?Fan says she's trying to teach her students at East Garner Magnet Middle School to appreciate her country's culture and history, and show how China is changing all the time. At the same time, she wants them to see how learning about China will be relevant for them."The students nowadays know our world is smaller, so they will have some connection with China," she said. "Knowing the Chinese language is very helpful."Fan is one of four teachers assigned to Wake County out of a group of 129 teachers who arrived in the United States late this summer from China as part of a guest-teacher program supported by the College Board and the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban, a public institution affiliated with China's Ministry of Education that promotes the study of Chinese language and culture.