Confucius Institute announces three new Confucius Classrooms at International Leadership of Texas
The Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas announced the opening of three Confucius Classrooms at International Leadership of Texas on Thursday, June 5th, 2014. International Leadership of Texas is a public charter school with grades from K-12. Over 2500 students are studying in its five campuses in DFW area. Chinese is a required foreign language for every student in this school. Confucius Institute at UT Dallas has been supporting its Chinese program by assisting the school to establishing Confucius Classrooms. In 2013, their application for Confucius Classroom was finally approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and executive director of Confucius Institute at UTD, Professor Qianyuan Zhang, co-director of Confucius Institute, Sharon Yang, assistant director of Confucius Institute, and Chen Wang, Chinese teacher of Confucius Institute at UTD, participated in the opening ceremony held on Garland campus. Dr. Laura Carrasco, chief academic officer of International Leadership of Texas hosted the ceremony. Three principals respectively from International Leadership of Texas Elementary School - Arlington, International Leadership of Texas Elementary School – Garland, and International Leadership of Texas High School – Garland, received the Confucius Classroom plaque for their own school.