About 500 Boyle County students will take advantage of the district’s first Mandarin Chinese classes when school resumes Aug. 14.
Samuel Tan and Nears Chen, fellows with the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University, will teach their native language in classes offered to Boyle students in grades three to 12. Tan and Chen, who are career teachers in China, recently moved to Danville and are looking forward to learning more about American culture while teaching local students about Chinese culture.
“This year we’re having a major infusion of foreign language classes for all interested students,” said David Young, assistant superintendent for the school district. “We know that foreign language skills are going to be so beneficial in our students’ lives, especially since we now have such a global economy.”
Tan and Chen are roommates in a Danville apartment that is a short bicycling distance from most Boyle County schools. A welcome party, which is open to the community, will be at 6 p.m. today at the Boyle County Public Library.