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Sun Dec 29, 2013, 09:19 PM

Southwestern University students teach Chinese, Spanish to kids in Georgetown schools

As the next set of first-grade students at Carver Elementary in Georgetown entered to the classroom, some drew a few of the core characters of the Chinese language on the dry erase board.

About 12 weeks into the language program at the school, many of elementary school children already know the basics of the language, including how to say greetings, introductions, colors and where they live.

The language immersion classes at the school are taught by students at Southwestern University, a unique collaborative project between the Georgetown school district, the university’s department of modern languages and Snead Institute, an organization started by Georgetown philanthropist Ned Snead, who came up with the idea and helps fund the program.

University students with advanced language skills in Spanish and Chinese teach the extracurricular course, with training from the University’s Chinese professor.

More at http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/students-teaching-students-southwestern-university/ncXQ6/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium (subscription required).

[font color=green]There are 16 college students that are teaching through the program which is financed by the Georgetown ISD and the Snead Institute. The college students are paid $10/hour for instructional, prep and travel time.

It's also important that some people recognize that the 3 R's that were fundamental to education in the 20th century do not provide a sufficient base of knowledge or skills for the 21st century.[/font]

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