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Instructor to offer his Chinese classes to English speakers

Date Posted: 2006-07-28

Language schools are proliferating on Okinawa, but their popularity centers upon English being offered to foreigners.

A worldwide demand for trained speakers of other languages has prompted an instructor at the Naha Kouminkan, the Public Hall, to adjust his Chinese curriculum to serve native English speakers. David Deng, one of a handful of tri-lingual instructors on Okinawa, speaks English, Japanese and Chinese.

Deng’s Chinese language courses are currently taught only in Japanese. “It is difficult for English speakers to learn the fundamentals of Chinese in this environment,” Deng says, so he’s devised a new curriculum to meet the needs of Americans and others whose native language is English.

“For advanced students, learning in Japanese is not a very big obstacle,” he says, “but for beginning students it is very important to develop the basic skills using your native language.” Deng holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Ryukyu University.

The U.S. Department of Defense website emphasizes the importance of fluency in foreign languages, noting that Chinese and Arabic speakers are needed. The U.S. agency has established special proficiency pays of $300~1,000 a month for those who demonstrate sufficient foreign language skills.

Information on joining Deng’s Chinese course is available via email, davidwdeng@hotmail.com, or by calling him at 090-1945-3426.

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