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Wilmington NC to get Mandarin immersion program

February 5, 2014

Forest Hills Elementary to offer Chinese language immersion program

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

Ni hao, Forest Hills Elementary School: You’re going to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese.

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Starting this fall, Forest Hills Elementary plans to offer a language immersion program that would let incoming kindergarten students study Mandarin Chinese. The program would be similar to the school’s Spanish language immersion program, which parents and school officials say gives the students a “full brain experience.”

Forest Hills Elementary decided to try to offer a Mandarin Chinese immersion program earlier this school year. Principal Deb Greenwood said she wanted to offer Mandarin Chinese because of the increasing number of people across the world who speak the language. About 20 percent of the world’s population speaks Mandarin.

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