Chinese attend local school, get taste of USA

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Posted: July 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Guo “Nina” Jiayo
Guam “Ben” Mengbo
Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy teacher Hope Clegg listens as Chinese students Angela, 12, and Tim, 14 (their adopted American names), read parts of “The Three Little Pigs.” After a week of English classes, reading English-language books and learning American history, the students from the Shenzhen Action Sky Education Center will leave today to visit Philadelphia, New York and Boston — with an eagerly awaited tour of Harvard University — before flying back to China on Thursday, via Dubai. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Tim, 16, reads on Friday afternoon during a class at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy. He is one of almost three dozen Chinese students — they adopted American names — who visited the school. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

STEPHENS CITY — The word “hello” in Chinese sounds like “knee HOW,” if you add a little puff of breath on the “how.”

That’s only one of the things to be learned from 31 students, ages 9 to 16, who…



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