China now has the second largest economy in the world. As a result, language immersion programs have seen a booming demand for Mandarin instruction.
Parents recognize that working knowledge of this widely spoken language will only help their children in their future careers.
“We’ve seen a phenomenal increase in the demand for Mandarin Chinese, which has increased by 300 percent in the last four years.”
Psychology Today, May 20, 2012
The background of many of our nation’s bilingual people and where they tend to live.
“The country’s knowledge of the languages of the world is a natural resource that should not be wasted.”
In Job Market, Bilingual Is a Bonus: Employers and Employees Reap Benefits from Workers’ Foreign-Language Skills
Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1995
In today’s global economy, there are more and more jobs where bilingualism is desired if not required.
“Some employers say that it’s also critical to hire people who are “bicultural,” meaning they understand the customs and traditions of their foreign-born clientele.”
New York Times, Oct 8, 2015
Dual language immersion programs for children are growing in popularity across the U.S., and not just with families who speak a language other than English at home.
“Once seen as a novelty, dual-language programs are now coming into favor as a boon to both native and nonnative English speakers, and in areas around the country their numbers have been exploding.”