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September 6, 2013 3:09 PM

Teachers from China fuel Chinese-language growth in U.S.

On his first day of teaching Chinese in a Bradenton, Fla., middle school, Xu Dou showed his students the old forms of Chinese characters, so they could see how the writing has changed over millennia. “Most of the students love the language. They think the language is amazing,” Xu said. He’s part of a group of 129 new teachers from China in the largest Chinese guest-teacher program. Started in 2007, the program is now in 30 states. The biggest concentrations are in Utah, North Carolina and Ohio, places with statewide Chinese programs.

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