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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET AN INTENSE TASTE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES

By Jess Nocera | The Baltimore Sun

"Rebecca Nason wants to learn to Mandarin Chinese as she pursues a career in technology or diplomacy and was disappointed when a scheduling conflict kept her from a high school language class last year.

"This summer, the Wilde Lake High School sophomore is enrolled in a five-week, tuition-free language immersion program at Howard Community College funded by a $90,000 National Security Agency grant.

"'China is becoming a tech giant, and so, Chinese is an important language to learn for a future career,' said Rebecca, 15, of Columbia. 'I was excited to learn Mandarin and learn about Chinese culture, gain the language experience and earn college credit.'”

Read more about the "Startalk

Read the complete article about the Howard County Startalk program, administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

Photo: Students enrolled in the Mandarin course at Howard Community College eat ethnic cold noodles. (Jess Nocera/BSMG)

Date of Publication: 
7/30/18