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Foreign language graduation requirements lag in Colorado

from EdNews Colorado

On a recent school day, the sixth-graders in Natalie Lin's intro to Mandarin class at the Denver Center for International Studies went into drill mode. The group of students who could most quickly — and accurately — write out Chinese characters on pint-sized white boards were rewarded with White Rabbits, chewy vanilla-flavored candies wrapped in edible rice paper. Among other things, the 17 students in this class — most of whom already speak English and Spanish — were learning how to remember what the characters look like. The character for "little brother," for instance, resembles two parents, a sidewalk and a little boy running around like crazy and falling down, student Andre Munoz said. more

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