Slovenia: Chinese taught in middle, high schools

08 August, 18:02

(ANSAMed) - LJUBLJANA, AUGUST 8 - Come September, Slovenia's middle and high school students will have the option of taking Chinese, Dnevnik newspaper wrote on Wednesday.

If the course proves popular, Slovenia's public education ministry may introduce Chinese alongside English, French, Italian and German as a compulsory subject for high school students who decide to specialize in foreign languages.

The public education ministry is employing 150 Slovenian Sinologists and collaborators from Ljubljana's Confucius Institute, which has been registering increasing numbers of students in recent years, Dnevnik wrote.

Approximately 1.5 billion people speak Chinese as a mother tongue, and another 40 million study it worldwide. (ANSAMed).

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