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WAKE FOREST— Heritage High advanced language students were visited recently by Chinese professors from overseas.
The travelers were Professors YangYang and XiaoZhong Tang, both of Nanjing Normal University and visiting Chinese professors from the Confucius Institute at N.C. State University.
They brought with them nearly $985 worth of textbooks, and presented them to students who had participated in the HSK test.
The 2013-14 school year marks the second year of Heritage High School’s Chinese language program, directed by Wen-Ching Liu.
Last year, Chinese I and II were offered as courses for the first time, giving students an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, as well as how to read and speak the language. In the spring, all Chinese language students participated in the Confucius Institute speech competition at N.C. State University.
Despite having learned the language for only six months, several teens competed and won awards in the advanced level category normally designated for students who have had as many as five years of Chinese language instruction. At the end of the year, high-level students took the HSK, a Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers.
Liu received an achievement award from the institute for her instruction of high-scoring HSK students.
This year Chinese III Honors and Chinese IV Honors will be added to the program, as well as a Heritage High School chapter of the Chinese National Honor Society.
Fifteen high-level Chinese language students chosen by Liu and World Languages Department Chair, Leroy Salazar, were recently inducted into the organization, which recognizes “high scholastic achievement in Chinese, good character, leadership, and service.”