The number of elementary and secondary school students studying Chinese could be as much as 10 times higher than it was seven years ago, says Marty Abbott, spokeswoman for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
There have been some strange goings-on in the sleepy Welsh town of Lampeter lately. First, the Chinese flag was seen fluttering above the university's main building. Then, Chinese lanterns were spotted adorning campus premises on the high street. And a fortnight ago, the vice-chancellor was seen in a tie patterned with Chinese dragons.
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