MWC011-Chinese as a world language - Missing word cloze

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Many children in school all over America are taking language courses in Chinese. The concept is easy. On one day they learn everything in English and the next they to Chinese.

It is an  to learn languages when you are young because small children  up the language and use it in  situations. Chinese has become so that schools also want to  parents Chinese courses.

Because of China’s growing , Chinese has become a language many people want to learn. In the United States about 50,000 students from kindergarten to eighth grade  are taking Chinese,  to only 5,000 in 2004. About 100 million people worldwide are studying Chinese as a second language.

The Chinese  has a started a number of Confucius Institutes to  the language and the country’s culture. Currently, there are such institutes in over 60 countries. 2,000 students have  the program in the last two years.

In the Philippines people think that learning Chinese will allow them to get better  in the future.  As more and more Chinese travel to other countries as tourists or on  , people who can speak Chinese have an advantage over others.

In Panama one government has even thought about making Chinese in public  schools, however it is so hard to get enough  teachers to teach Chinese.

In the future Mandarin Chinese might not  English as the world’s number one language but because China is  further it will become an important language.