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Published on : Nov 02, 2015

More and more Maine students are taking advantage of the Chinese language courses that have been scheduled in the Maine schools. The Maine Chinese Conference held on 30th and 31st Oct 2015 in Bangor, Maine, focused on effective and popular languages that are trending worldwide. The conference primarily focused on the Chinese language that is undoubtedly the most widely spoken language across the globe. The organizers of the Maine Chinese Conference concentrated on the availability of more Chinese language courses in Maine to grow the educational relationship between Maine and China.

Growing number of Maine schools offering courses in the Chinese language is a clear sign that the education ties between China and Maine are improving. According to Jay Ketner, the world language specialist at the Maine Department of Education said that large number of students are taking full advantage of the opportunity of learning the Chinese language. There is increased amount of enthusiasm among students to learn a new language, Ketner stated to a group of around 60 educators, Chinese officials, and students. Around 25 high schools across Bangor, Maine, including Bangor and John Bapst Memorial High School and Orono, offer Chinese language classes. They were joined by four middle and elementary schools with over 500 enrollments by Maine students. 

This is only a small part of 237 Maine schools, most of which offer courses on at least one global language. The interest of the schools is growing towards offering courses on languages that are most spoken, stated Ketner. According to Jimmy Wildman, the president-elect of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers, successful education of global language will depend on how good a technology is used to teach the students. The conference also hosted events that included forums where teachers explained different challenges of learning a global language. Workshops on Chinese cuisine, Chinese crafts, and Chinese calligraphy were also organized to demonstrate the Chinese language.