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Belmont teachers and pupils learn Chinese together
PUPILS and teachers at a Durham school have both been learning the Chinese language.
Youngsters and staff at Belmont Community School, in Belmont, Durham, have spent one lunchtime per week learning from Lili Wang, a Durham University student from China.
They were taught basic phrases, as well as hearing facts and stories from China and about the Chinese New Year.
Pupil Chloe Waters said: “I think it’s an interesting language. I would like to speak another language in my spare time because I like languages.”
Teacher Lee Ferris said: “I’m delighted that so many students and staff have chosen to take up this amazing opportunity to learn some Chinese.
“We have arrange this in direct response to feedback from our students.
“Their eagerness to learn Chinese is entirely understandable. Over one billion speak the language and China’s status as an emerging superpower means that a command of even the basics of Chinese is an advantage.
“I’m thrilled to see students and staff learning together in this way.”