Chinese is by far the most spoken language in the world, with four times more speakers than the second most popular language in the World, Spanish. Mandarin is the most universal of all the Chinese dialects, and is the dialect officially adopted by China's government to be taught in all its schools. Whether for purposes of business, culture, or family, fluency in Mandarin gives our students a valuable and unique advantage over their peers.
The Rest of the World
When discussing the subject of foreign language education around the World, one thing is glaringly clear: the rest of the World is learning English. While Mandarin is the most spoken native language, English is the most taught second language in the World with over 1.5 billion learners. The next most popular language to learn is French, with roughly 82 million learners worldwide; 18 times fewer than English. So, why is English so popular? Clearly the rest of the World feels that speaking two languages gives them a real advantage in life; we agree.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, as well as the second most spoken language in the US and even our own state. Given the rapidly rising Latin American population in Florida and the US in general, as well as our close geographic proximity to Central and South America, Spanish is an extremely valuable language to learn. Where college admissions and the job market are concerned, being fluent in a second language is considered a distinct advantage.
The language immersion model is not new. In fact, there are hundreds of such schools across the US teaching in this format, some which have been developing bilingual and even trilingual students for more than thirty-five years. In addition, research has shown that children who are fluent in two or more languages develop significant cognitive advantages over their single-language peers. The Lotus Academy is simply adopting the curriculum and methods from the most successful of these programs, and bringing them to Jacksonville.
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