SEWARD, Neb. – This fall students at Concordia University, Nebraska will say Ni Hao to new courses in first-year Mandarin Chinese. Enrolled students will learn about the culture of the People’s Republic of China in addition to adding language skills.
“It is a great way to get a taste of global multiculturalism,” said Julie Johnston Hermann, director of international opportunities at Concordia.
The lessons in language and culture are intended to open doors personally and professionally for Concordia students. The number of Mandarin Chinese speakers across the globe is roughly 1.3 billion.
Concordia students will be taught by an instructor associated with the Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing high quality Japanese and Chinese language instruction as means to advancing global understanding and intercultural exchange.
The ALLEX Foundation’s teaching associate program enables universities to establish a new language program by providing professionally trained instructors who teach in exchange for financial support to pursue a graduate degree. More than 600 instructors have been placed since 1988. Concordia’s instructor is scheduled to arrive in August.