Mandarin teacher Wei Chen says she volunteered teaching the course to learn how to tech English-speaking people the language. “I’ll take a teacher certification test in China next year, thus becoming a certified Chinese-English teacher,” she said.
Tullock and Bowersox differed on reasons for taking the course. “I’m learning Mandarin so as to speak with people when visiting China,” Tullock said. “I have friends there.
Bowersox, however, said, “I’m learning to avoid Alzheimer’s disease. Bridge and Sudoku entertain, but Mandarin exercises the brain,” he added.
Library director Andrew Hunt said he is pleased with Chen’s efforts. “We enjoy volunteers teaching foreign languages, sciences, mathematics and other subjects at our library,” he said.
The class concludes Sept. 19.