Battle Mountain scores funds for Chinese language program
EAGLE — Battle Mountain is the only Colorado school to land funding for a Mandarin Chinese program.
Battle Mountain High School was selected for the 2016-17 Teachers of Critical Languages Program. The program, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will bring a teacher from China to teach Mandarin at Battle Mountain for the 2016-17 academic year.
Battle Mountain has had a Chinese program offering Mandarin courses for the past five years, thanks to funding by a local donor. However, the local funds have run out, and the Teachers of Critical Languages Program grant will allow the school to continue offering the language next year, with the possibility of renewing annually.
“Luckily, we already have a strong Chinese program in place, so it will be an easy transition for the new teacher to transition into our school and continue with our curriculum already in place,” said Miguel Salinas, Spanish teacher and mentor teacher at Battle Mountain.
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is designed to broaden foreign language curricula, give students the opportunity to learn from a native speaker and offer cultural exchange.
“We plan on integrating the Chinese teacher into the community, so any help from community members would be greatly appreciated. Families could invite the teacher over for dinner, show them around the community, share culture, etc.,” Salinas said.