FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2006
Schumer Announces Over $128,000 In Federal Funds Going To Rochester City Schools
Grant Will Be Used To Bring Mandarin Chinese Language Classes To Students
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $128,495 grant was awarded to Rochester City Schools in Monroe County by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Foreign Language Assistance Program-Local Education Agency (FLAP-LEA) Program. Federal dollars will be used to provide foreign language instruction in Mandarin Chinese.
"This is great news for Rochester City Schools," Schumer said. "Foreign language classes will help kids understand other cultures and broaden their horizons. Learning a second language will sharpen their communications skills and give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.” Federal funds will be used by Rochester City Schools to institute courses in Mandarin Chinese. The program will start with fifth grade students and subsequently add a grade for each of the three years the grant allows. In addition to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, much of the instruction will center on thematic units that will focus on imbedding linguistic and cultural aspects of China. These language classes will engage students in activities that require critical thinking, and provide opportunities for students to use the target language in meaningful contexts and in new and complex ways.
The Foreign Language Assistance Program-Local Education Agency provides federal funding for foreign language instruction in one or more less-commonly taught languages including: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and some Indic, Iranian and Turkic languages. The innovative nature of the program, its use of technology, and other similar factors are also considered as part of the competitive application process.