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    Bull Market in Chinese Teachers Hits Wall Street Just in Time

    Post by sang_garuda on Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:09 am

    July 24 -- When the Yonkers, New York, public schools sought to hire a Chinese-language teacher, Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio expected to fill the job within weeks. He was off by two years.

    Schools in the U.S. face a shortage of instructors in Chinese, stymieing efforts to prepare pupils for careers tied to China, the world's fastest-growing economy. The Schenectady, New York, schools will require only a third of pupils in grades 5 and 6 to take Chinese because the district couldn't find instructors for all the students, Ron Hamelin, world-languages coordinator, said in an interview on July 18.

    Programs to teach Chinese in grades K through 12 have almost tripled since 2004 to at least 779, say the Asia Society and the College Board, two New York-based nonprofits. Americans fluent in Chinese will be needed for finance, business, diplomacy and security agencies, according to the U.S. Defense Department's National Security Education Program.

    ``The need for Chinese has come to us in a flash,'' said Jacque Bott Van Houten, who oversees foreign languages for the Kentucky Department of Education, in Frankfort. ``We haven't had longstanding programs at any level to teach Chinese, and all of a sudden we're called upon to produce a plethora of teachers.''

    The openings in schools coincide with the loss of 94,000 jobs in the securities industry worldwide in the past year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The bull market for Chinese-language teachers may not appeal to those thrown out of work in the current financial market turmoil.


    ``It is highly unlikely former Wall Streeters fluent in Chinese would turn to teaching,'' said Donald Straszheim, vice chairman of Roth Capital Partners in Los Angeles and former chief economist of Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York, in a July 21 e-mail. ``The pay differentials would be prohibitive.''

    Demand to teach Mandarin, the main Chinese dialect, is popping up all over the U.S. The private, all-girls Brearley School in New York, which charges a $33,000-a-year tuition, will start teaching Chinese to all 50 first-graders in September, adding to instruction for grades 5 to 12, Stephanie Hull, head of the school, said in an interview on July 2.

    The Benjamin Logan Local Schools, a public system near Bellefontaine in central Ohio, began teaching Chinese in elementary classes last year, after dropping French in 2006 for lack of demand. Chinese will be mandatory in grades K through 4, starting in August, to help prepare students for future jobs other than at the region's Honda engine, automobile and motorcycle plants, said curriculum director Emmy Davis-Smith in an interview on July 14.

    Acquiring Words

    Parent Kelli LeVan said Chinese may give her daughter Baylie, 7, and son Brock, 8, an edge when they apply to college or for jobs.

    ``They talked all the time about the new words that they learned,'' LeVan, 38, said in interview on July 18. ``Hopefully, they'll continue the program to have that advantage.''

    While the Chinese-language curricula have spread, they reach only a fraction of the more than 97,000 public schools counted by the National Center for Educational Statistics, a Washington-based U.S. agency.

    ``If you go the route of assuming that everyone speaks English and you don't know other languages, we put ourselves at a distinct competitive disadvantage,'' Robert Slater, director of the National Security Education Program, in an interview on June 19. The program provides scholarships allowing college students to learn languages, such as Mandarin and Arabic, that are deemed critical to U.S. interests.

    Kentucky's Rules

    To get certification to teach Chinese in public schools, applicants need more than proficiency in the language. The No Child Left Behind U.S. education law adopted six years ago made hiring harder by requiring institutions that receive federal funding to employ candidates with state certification, said Van Houten in Kentucky.

    The requirements vary among the 50 states. In Kentucky, teachers need a bachelor's degree, must pass a national examination for teachers, and have to complete special classes tailored to Mandarin, Van Houten said in an interview on July 17.

    Yonkers, with 24,200 students, started its Chinese-language program in 2006. A Mandarin-speaking math teacher filled the first post on a temporary basis, coaching 30 students. Pierorazio, after his two-year search, hired a teacher through a plan sponsored by the College Board and a Chinese-government agency in Beijing. The new employee will work with 125 to 200 elementary and middle-school students.

    CUNY's Dozen

    The instructor will be one of 193 that have been recruited from China to work in 32 states, said Selena Cantor, director of the College Board's Chinese Language Culture Initiative, in an interview on July 9. Yonkers will pay for housing and transportation while the Chinese government picks up the salary.

    While as many as 30 U.S. colleges have begun to produce teachers who qualify for a state credential in Chinese, the supply isn't large enough, according to Van Houten.

    In September, the City University of New York's Hunter College will begin a two-year master's degree and certificate program in Mandarin, with as many as 12 students annually, said Der-lin Chao, an associate professor of Chinese.

    The dozen a year won't go far in addressing the ``dramatic'' shortage, she said in an interview on July 18.

    ``We will not have enough speakers of Chinese to deal with interests in business, law and national security, critical for our country, and we will lose competitiveness to other countries,'' Chao said. ``Our kids will fall behind.''
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