TKA’s Chinese Program
Supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education of China, The King’s Academy, in cooperation with Johnson University of Knoxville, established a Confucius Classroom in April 2010. The Classroom is a unique partnership with Zhengzhou No. 47 Middle and High School in Henan, China. Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms are named after the ancient Chinese philosopher and educator, Confucius (551-478 B.C.). The goals of these programs are (1) to strengthen educational cooperation between China and the United States, (2) promote the development of Chinese language education, and (3) increase mutual understanding and friendship between the young people in China and the United States. As of the fall of 2010, 322 Confucius Institutes and 369 Confucius Classrooms had been established in 96 countries and regions around the world. The Confucius Classroom at The King’s Academy and Johnson University is one of the few independent programs not related directly to a Confucius Institute. At present, The King’s Academy’s program offers three Chinese language classes. Chinese I is offered to middle school. Chinese I, II and III are offered to upper school students. TKA’s Chinese Teacher Maggie Wang organized the academy’s first annual Dragon Boat Festival in May 2014. Wang also organized the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students. With financial support from Hanban, twelve TKA students participated in this two-week-long educational trip to China. Also, an elective class in Chinese History and Culture is offered at Johnson University. With the goal of bringing this opportunity to more young people in the local schools and community, the Classroom offers Chinese language to the school children in the neighborhood of Johnson University since 2010.