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Qianwen Zhu (Sarah) encourages second grader Amelia Smith in Jayne Hoffman’s class at Westside Elementary with enunciating her first name in Chinese. The visiting Chinese students are taking 16 credits of classes per semester at UW-River Falls. A two-credit UWRF practicum includes teaching in classrooms at Westside, Greenwood, Rocky Branch and the Montessori.

River Falls meets China in school/cultural exchange

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Elementary school teachers Jayne Hoffman at Westside and Pam Friede at Rocky Branch say Fridays are highly anticipated.

And not because it’s the day before the weekend.


Both teachers host two visiting Chinese teacher education students in their classrooms for the school year. The cultural mix seems popular.

Friede said her two Chinese university students bring energy and zeal to the atmosphere of her third-grade classroom.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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