Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Port Clinton High School will add Chinese as a foreign language. A grant has been secured through a unique program that provides cost-savings to provide the Chinese class. The Ohio Board of Regents offers a grant program, in conjunction with the Chinese government, through an organization known as Hanban. The Chinese Guest Teacher Program allows a school district to hire a teacher from China to come to the United States and teach the Chinese language as well as the culture to the students and the community. The Hanban program also subsidizes the teacher’s salary.
Port Clinton High School will offer two periods of Chinese I, as well as some introductory classes to grade 8 students at Port Clinton Middle School. Chinese is considered a level 4 language, which means it is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It not only requires the student to learn how to speak the language but to also learn a new set of characters (printed language).
Mr. Gary Steyer, PCHS Principal stated, “After soliciting input from the High School staff, Board of Education, and parents, it was determined that we needed to offer another foreign language for our students. It was further recommended that the foreign language should be Chinese. As you would imagine, we are extremely excited about this opportunity for our students.”
Even though course registration has been completed for the 2013-14 school year, students interested in taking Chinese may still register by contacting the Port Clinton High School Guidance Office. The school district will offer cultural opportunities in conjunction with this program for the community. Dates and times of those events will be announced next school year.