Kentucky’s K-16 Chinese language programs

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A group of students participated in a two-week summer camp at the University of Kentucky's Confucius Institute, one of two such institutes in the state. Photo submitted
A group of students participated in a two-week summer camp at the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute, one of two such institutes in the state.
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By Ke Peng
ke.peng@wku.edu

The Kentucky Association of Chinese Language Teachers (KACLT) is the only professional organization of its kind to serve the interests and needs of Kentucky’s teachers of Chinese at all level of instruction, in both public and private schools.

The association is designed to stimulate professional growth and foster interest in the Chinese language and Chinese-speaking literature and cultures. It was established in 2006, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The past decade has seen a growth of K-12 Chinese language and culture programs in the Commonwealth. Part of this growth includes a group of dedicated full-time educators spread out across the state and working with districts such as Beechwood Independent and Fayette County. Morgan County and Woodford County schools, which both started offering Chinese language classes less than five years ago, now offer the program K-12.

 

Ke Peng, the past president of KACLT, is the coordinator of the Chinese major and minor program at Western Kentucky University.

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