FAQ

Answer: We will work with any Ohio school that offers a Chinese language program or is interested in learning about the Chinese language program. We will provide more support and services to selected partner schools that are committed to offering Chinese language programs. During the 2007-08 school year, we have identified three partner schools. The number of partner schools will grow and our support and services will increase in the future. The three major areas of assistance we can offer include the following:


  • Curriculum development
  • Teacher training
  • Technology development

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Answer: No. The support and services described above are free. However, if a school requests for special services beyond the scope of the current program or beyond the capacity of current staff, we can negotiate a solution that may or may not involve cost.

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Answer: You may ask your school and district administrators whether the school is planning for such a program or if there is one near you. You may also contact us for help.

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Answer: If your school is committed to offering Chinese language and needs technical support, please contact us. We will help a selected number of schools to provide Chinese language programs starting in the 2007-2008 school year. If you are simply interested in learning how to start a Chinese language program in your school, you are welcome to contact us as well.

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Answer: Yes. We can help you to connect with any type of qualified schools in China to work on areas such as joint programs, student exchange, or just a study trip. We have working relationships with schools and education facilities in China that are safe and offer immersion learning environments. OSU also has an office and is building a training center in Qingdao, China. If you are interested in exploring this area, please contact us.

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Answer: The number of Ohio schools/districts offering Mandarin Chinese is growing rapidly, from a few two years ago to 42 by August 2008. For a complete list of the schools/districts with Chinese programs, click here. To learn more about K-12 Chinese programs in Ohio and across the United States, please contact us.

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Answer: The undergraduate Chinese language program at the OSU Department of East Asian Languages and Literature is one of the best in the United States. We can also inform you about Chinese Programs in other colleges and universities. For more information, please visit the OSU Chinese Flagship Program.

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Answer: If you watch headline news and read major newspapers, you have come across numerous reports about the emerging need for Mandarin Chinese speakers.According to our research, the Ohio economy benefits from increasing exports to China and investments from Asia. Being proficient in Chinese and knowing the Chinese culture are important to the future of Ohio's economy. If we have a pipeline of students who begin to study Chinese at elementary level or even earlier, their career prospects will be limitless when they graduate with a B. A. or M. A. from the OSU Chinese Flagship Program, especially if they double major in Chinese and another academic or technical discipline. Visit the OSU Chinese Flagship Program for more information.

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Answer: During the summer of 2007, about 50 high school students completed the intensive Regents’ Chinese Academy at three college campuses (Ohio State, Miami and Cleveland State Universities). The program was free and participants were paid a stipend. To learn more about the program, visit the Regent’s Chinese Academy. Please stay tuned if there will be a similar program in the summer of 2008.

The federal government provided StarTalk funding to offer intensive summer Chinese programs for 1,350 students in 2007 and some of them were open to qualified students from any state. These StarTalk summer programs are likely to be available next year. Please visit our website for the news and announcement in the coming spring.

If you are planning to continue your study of Chinese in college for a B.A. or M.A. degree, the OSU Chinese Flagship Program is your best choice. There is a number of scholarships available and visit the Chinese Flagship Program for more information.

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Answer: The federal government is increasing funding to support programs of critical languages, including Chinese. So far, most of the funding comes under the name FLAP (Foreign Language Assistance Program). There are two types of FLAP grants: one for state education agencies (such as ODE) and the other for K-12 schools. The FLAP grant provides three-year funding to start a new program or support an existing one. (The Diocese of Columbus – Catholic Schools was awarded a FLAP grant in 2007.) For more information about federal and state funding to support Chinese language programs in K-12 schools, please contact the ODE World Language Consultants Debbie Robinson (614-995-0232 or debbie.robinson@ode.state.oh.us) or Ryan Wertz (614-728-4630 or ryan.wertz@ode.state.oh.us).

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