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August 12, 2013

Local kindergartners speak a foreign language literally

By Johnny Jackson (1728)
jjackson@henryherald.com

Thursday, August 8, 2013 
© Copyright 2013 Henry Herald

Mei Cantrell, left, and Fei Fei Zhang are teaching Dutchtown Elementary School’s first class of dual language immersion students. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Mei Cantrell, left, and Fei Fei Zhang are teaching Dutchtown Elementary School’s first class of dual language immersion students. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Kindergartners Shiloh Cox, right, and Audrey Benford eat snacks during their dual language immersion math and science class at Dutchtown Elementary School. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Kindergartner Kate Britt is one of 43 children in Dutchtown Elementary School’s inaugural dual language immersion program this year. They are learning math and science in Mandarin Chinese. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Kindergarten teacher Mei Cantrell prepares a snack for student Kayla Todman, right, during the first day of class at Dutchtown Elementary School Aug. 5. Cantrell is teaching the school’s first dual language immersion class this year. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

#HAMPTON — They greeted each other in Mandarin Chinese and were learning to communicate in the language within the first hour of class Monday.

#There are 43 kindergartners enrolled in the dual language immersion program at Dutchtown Elementary School.

#Principal Winnie Johnson warned only Mandarin is allowed to be spoken inside the classroom.

#The students appeared as comfortable as their peers across the hall even though they were learning lessons in a foreign tongue.

#Teacher Mei Cantrell and paraprofessional Fei Fei Zhang sought vocal responses from the youngsters, who repeated their words in Mandarin.

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