Chinese club students learn about another culture

Max Hancock, staff writer

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Chinese Club has been meeting in teacher Sun Lao Shi’s classroom. The club provides hands-on activities and offers further knowledge of the subject to students.
“Chinese Club is different from other clubs because it’s interesting to me,” said Rose Depetro, a member of the club.
Chinese lub islead by teacher Duo Sun, a native of China, and focuses on increasencouraging kids’ interest in the culture, along with improving their language skills. The club offers hands-on activities and experiences such as Chinese calligraphy and eating traditional Chinese food.
All grade levels are included in the Chinese Club experience, alongside the Chinese Honors Society.
Students who are in Chinese Club consider it an advantage in their experience of learning Chinese because they get to practice it more often. Being bilingual today can be a big part of a student’s future, even providing career opportunities
“As businesses become more global, being bilingual is very beneficial to a business,” said James Swetter, the principal.
Being part of an extracurricular Chinese club can help boost one’s learning skills in the field. Chinese Club is different from other school clubs because of its correlation to the curriculum taught in Chinese classrooms. Lessons taught in Chinese Club allow students to make connections to material in their actual Chinese classes.
“Chinese Club is enjoyable because it’s a real eye opener,” added Depetro.
The club also allows students to dive deeper into the culture than ever before with lessons that one could only get directly from a Chinese teacher such as Sun Lao Shi. The lessons provide background information of the culture and origin of the historic language.
Accompanying the Chinesse club, the Chinese Honors society provides similar opportunities to students who succeed in the language. Last year, 13 juniors and seniors were inducted into the first Chinese Honors Society.
According to a report by AZEDNews, “The National Honors Society of Chinese completes the world language picture of CCUSD.”
These programs allow students to go above and beyond in learning about the language that interests them the most, diving into the culture even deeper than before while being immersed in native activities.
“Chinese Honors Society has really helped me broaden my knowledge of the Chinese culture, by taking Chinese Honors Society I get to help people learn more about the language through volunteering which I really enjoy,” said Sydnie St Jean, a member of the Chinese Honors Society.
Only two months ago, the Chinese program welcomed 28 Chinese students from YiChang, China. Hosted by students families, this foreign visit provided a similar effect on the students. Students were able to gain insight on Chinese culture and lifestyle.