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By Bernadette H. Carreon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Aug. 7) - Palau officials recently expressed interest in offering Mandarin courses at the Palau Community College and Palau High School.

According to a statement from the Taiwan Embassy, in an attempt to explore more possibilities in the education cooperation between the two countries, the Director of the Graduate School of Teaching Mandarin as Second Language of National Taiwan Normal University, Shih-Chun Shin and the Director of the same program in National Kaoshiung Normal University, Li-Na Fang, visited the country on July 24 to 28.

The two directors met with Ministry of Education Director Emery Wenty and PCC President Patrick Tellei. During those meetings Palau education officials said that the Palau High School is currently offering Japanese class for its students and that Mandarin classes can be pursued next.

Telei for his part expressed his appreciation to the Taiwan government for sending a Mandarin instructor to teach classes in the college. Telei said he looks forward in the continuation of the program.

Telei also said that in the future he hopes that PCC students can be sent to Taiwan to learn Mandarin and when they return to Palau they can teach basic Mandarin to their own fellow students.

The two directors are receptive to the possibility of providing more Mandarin teachers to meet with the high demands in Palau.

The directors also expressed satisfaction at the performance of PCC Mandarin teacher Wen-Ling Su.

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