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Mandarin and other immersion popular in Calgary

February 20, 2012

CALGARY — Six-year-old Adam Liu patiently practises his Chinese characters every day — after all, there are thousands to learn. And he’s already speaking Mandarin better than his father.

It’s a family reality that’s expected to become even more entrenched when Adam’s little sister, Laura, starts kindergarten next year in the same Mandarin-bilingual program at Highwood Elementary.

“We’re so happy with this program, it’s just wonderful. And I think it’s really beneficial for the kids,” says mother Linda Liu.

The Canadian-born mom and her Taiwanese-born husband chose Mandarin for their kids in hopes of giving them a more rounded education in culture and language.

But the edge they’ll have in the global economy will also give them a wide range of options once they choose a career, Liu says.

“It’s a very competitive time right now — and Mandarin is a major language for them to have in terms of their futures.”

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  1. March 8, 2012 1:41 pm

    Congratulations to Calgary on your successful introduction of Mandarin Immersion. In Toronto, a parents group is currently campaigning for a similar program in our public school system. We have a lot to learn from you. Please visit our blog for more info (it is very no frills but we are just getting organized now). Congrats again!

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