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Chinese and English: Dual language program grows in Casper, Wyo.

from Missoulian

Anastasia Lite Li is a soft-spoken woman until her students enter the Chinese classroom. That's when the 24-year-old Beijing native with a master's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language comes alive. "Ni hao, Mackenzie," Li said, bending to shake the hand of a blond girl walking through her classroom doorway. "Ni hao, Braxton." Students in this kindergarten class at Paradise Valley Elementary in Casper, Wyo., know the drill: When the bell rings, the English ends. Their names are printed in English on strips of masking tape on a carpet near the back of the room, but little else is said or shown in English in Li's classroom, which is the first of its kind in Wyoming. more


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