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Bethlehem Central expands language offerings

At Bethlehem Central High School, Chinese will be offered next year to juniors and seniors who have completed a Regents exam in French, Latin or Spanish. BCHS students have just begun their course selection process for the 2008-09 school year.

For both the middle and high school program, should more students enroll in the courses than seats available, a lottery will be conducted to determine placement. As stated in the high school's curriculum handbook, preference will be given first to seniors and then to juniors, who have completed or are also enrolled in an intermediate language course.

Bel reiterated her excitement in announcing that Mandarin Chinese is coming to Bethlehem Central: "We plan to build the program from the bottom up and at the same time, from the top down," she said. "In a few years, we envision the program being fully integrated with our current second language program, so that, like our French and Spanish programs, students will be able to study Chinese for seven consecutive years."

"It is a wonderful opportunity for our students and an exciting addition to our second language program."

Students and parents with questions about the Chinese program should contact Marisa Bel, second languages supervisor, at belmhs@bcsd.neric.org.""

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