Polk County Middle School students have seen Beijing opera on YouTube, learned to write characters and speak basic conversation in Mandarin, and gained an understanding that students in China have much longer school days and larger class sizes than they do.

CIU Chinese Guest Teacher Han Jun is bringing authentic Chinese language and culture learning to Polk County and expanding students’ perspectives.

“Learning and studying about China from a book is one thing . . . having a guest teacher from China brings the study alive,” Principal Hank Utz told Life in Our Foothills magazine.

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Watch a clip of Beijing opera below.