Local elementary school students learn to speak Chinese

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- During the week, lower grade students at The Independent School learn to speak two foreign languages.

"Learning a foreign language is so important and we feel that learning it the sooner is the better," said Beth Strum, admissions director.

Kindergarten through second grade students spend two days a week learning Spanish and two days learning the Chinese dialect of Mandarin.

"There's some great benefits to teaching foreign language especially at a young age. International studies have shown that it increases their ability to learn their native language. It also increases their tests scores," said Strum.

The pilot program for Mandarin began two years ago with Southwestern College International students teaching classes.

The Independent School is the only elementary school in Wichita to offer Mandarin to students. There is also a Chinese school offered by the Wichita Chinese Association.

To learn more about The Independent School, click here.

To learn more about the Wichita Chinese Language School, click here.

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