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Watch Your Language: Chinese Language Boom

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Robert Davis—Director, Chicago Public Schools Chinese Connection Program and the Chicago Confucius Institute

As China's economy continues its rapid growth, many foreigners hope that learning Chinese will provide a valuable skill. The Chinese Education Ministry noticed. Starting in 2004, the Chinese government began to open non-profit educational franchises “dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture around the world.” The Chinese government plans to open 100 institutes by 2010.

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