More U.S. kids adding Chinese to their ABCs – Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In Mandarin immersion teacher Kennis Wong’s kindergarten class, her young pupils are making paper masks glued to sticks that they twirl between their palms, showing a different face on each side.

With a similar duality, the children at Broadway Elementary in Los Angeles are learning to talk in English and Chinese, and some are becoming trilingual due to a Spanish-speaking parent.

As more parents have sought to give their children an edge in an era when China is a rising economic power, school districts have expanded Chinese language programs and students from a wide range of backgrounds have joined them.

Parents whose children speak Spanish or another language at home, Chinese in class and English on the playground hope their kids have limitless opportunities in a global economy bringing Asia, the U.S. and Latin America closer together.

Broadway Elementary parent Karla Godoy, 41, speaks to her son, Paco, in English, her husband talks to him in Spanish and he learns Mandarin at school.

“With Spanish and Mandarin and English, he should be able to do just about anything he wants,” she said.

Full Article: More U.S. kids adding Chinese to their ABCs – Yahoo! News.

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