Teachers of Critical Languages Program is one of several State Department initiatives that supports U.S. youth, students, teachers, and professors in learning "critical world languages." We notified our students of this exciting opportunity this morning and provided the following guidance.
1) Mandarin Chinese will be offered in the fall and spring semesters
2) It will not count towards the two required foreign language credits
3) There are no prerequisites; therefore, students are not required to possess any Mandarin language skills to enroll in the course
4) Interested students are encouraged to fill out the Google Document that was shared with them. https://docs.google.com/a/gdrsd.org/spreadsheets/d/1MtKoeTma uK4anm3iX5kO2wfEbtZpl31Y74Tx3ZCVvc/edit?usp=sharing
5) The course is open to all students on a first-come first-served basis
Dr. Rodriguez highlighted the exciting news in her Weekly Roundup. Excerpt below.
"You will soon see more information in a forthcoming press release but I want to thank Mr. Mastrullo and Dr. Novak for writing a well crafted competitive grant that will bring a Mandarin Exchange Teacher to the HS for the 2015-2016 school year. This teacher is fully funded through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mandarin 1 will be a new elective piloted this coming year. A hearty thank you goes to Mrs. Liebold (our World Language Academic Advisor) for not only helping in the application process but offering to host this teacher and serve as his/her mentor. Also, thanks to Ms. Brisson for her support and contributions. It was a great honor to personally help out during the semi-finalist round. This was not an easy grant to win and I am proud of our staff and happy for this new opportunity for our students."