10/15/2013

Students at the Northwest Chinese Academy in Beaverton, Ore., use Mandarin as their primary form of communication during the school day. The immersion program teaches Mandarin as a native language, instead of a second language, teacher Dan Wang said. "It's not only good for your brain -- it's culture," principal Julie Rickman said, adding, "Our kids aren't just learning another language here. They're learning to appreciate another culture."

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