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LOS ANGELES, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The 135-year-old Castelar Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles, California in west U.S., never stops its efforts of academic diversification.

With a Mandarin language immersion program in full wing for six years for K-5, the school rides the trend again, as U.S. learners of Chinese language are becoming younger.

"The youngest students I have are the five-year-old, the ones in preschool. The younger they are Ryan Ramczyk Womens Jersey , the faster they learn," teacher Wendy Yang told Xinhua.

Principal Wing Fong also noticed the advantage, saying that "when you learn at a very young age, you do not have that accent that older people have when they tend to learn the language."

More specific details came from Program Director Magaly Lavadenz, who said that "it starts in kindergarten. And also we are seeing a sprinkling of preschool programs that are offering Mandarins."


In Castelar, seven teachers give the Chinese lessons, attracting 300 to 350 Marshon Lattimore Womens Jersey , or half of its total students.

The kindergarten teachers that teach Mandarin do not speak a word of English in class, so the students can be immersed in the program.

At their class, children can recite Chinese ancient poem to its tune, mention name of typical Chinese food, start their speech by quoting Chinese idiom, and even dance to the melody of Chinese pop songs.

"I like learning Chinese, for it is interesting. You can speak in Chinese Cameron Jordan Womens Jersey , and you can talk with Chinese people in their mother tongue," student Alice told Xinhua.

Why do American students start to learn Mandarin since so young?

"For it helps you find jobs (in the future), and even develop careers in China. Speaking in Chinese can bring you more employment opportunities. China is now so strong that more exchanges are on offer," explained Yang.

For the ongoing summer holiday, Castelar, the second oldest school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, joins hands with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to offer a two-week StarTalk Camp for immersed Mandarin learning.

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