PC Welcomes Chinese Exchange Students in February
Penn Charter is hosting 11 high-school-aged students from Chongqing Number 1 Middle School for two weeks in February. Because middle school in China is equivalent to high school in the U.S., the Chinese students live with Penn Charter Upper School families with students taking Mandarin. Several PC students will visit our sister school, Yao Hua School in Tianjin, in March, and will spend time with the Chongqing students after two days in Beijing.
Penn Charter added Mandarin Chinese to the curriculum in 2010, offering courses up to Level 5 for students in 7th through 12th grades. “It is a small, but growing program,” said Mandarin teacher Lea Ekeberg. “We use story-based strategies and there is no textbook. The students learn to speak Chinese by telling stories.”
The Chinese visitors attended classes with their hosts, visited the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Constitution Center, University of Pennsylvania and sites in New York City. They had the opportunity to assist with set production for Beauty and the Beast and cheer on the girls and boys basketball teams.
On February 9, PC and Chongqing students celebrated the Chinese New Year together at Timmons House. Ekeberg and Middle School teacher La Sripanawongsa assisted in making dumplings.
Happy Year of the Monkey!