The number of dual language immersion schools in Southern California is growing. The schools teach kids as young as kindergarten-age in a language other than English.
Southern California Public Radio's Deepa Fernandes has the story of the Gomez family. For the past 12 months, their now 6-year-old daughter, Gemma, has been learning Mandarin.
It's apparent that Gemma Gomez really took to Mandarin. But what are the benefits for young kids being immersed in a dual language program? Kris Nicholls, president of the California Association for Bilingual Education, explains more in the bonus audio above.