TOKYO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks jumped 3.13 percent on Tuesday after
the Bank of Japan (BOJ) decided to keep its ultra- loose monetary policy to
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 450.13 points to 14, 843.24, while
the broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
gained 31.95 points, or 2.68 percent, to 1,224.00.
The BOJ said earlier Tuesday that it would keep its massive easing program
unchanged after a two-day policy meeting.
It also decided to extend its special loan support program for one year to
encourage banks to boost lending to businesses.
By Huang Chao, Xia Lin
LOS ANGELES, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The 135-year-old Castelar Elementary School
in downtown Los Angeles Authentic
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its efforts of academic diversification.
With a Mandarin language immersion program in full wing for six years for
K-5, the school rides the trend again, as U.S. learners of Chinese language are
"The youngest students I have are the five-year-old, the ones in preschool.
The younger they are, the faster they learn," teacher Wendy Yang told
Principal Wing Fong also noticed the advantage, saying that "when you learn
at a very young age, you do not have that accent that older people have when
they tend to learn the language."
More specific details came from Program Director Magaly Lavadenz, who said
that "it starts in kindergarten. And also we are seeing a sprinkling of
preschool programs that are offering Mandarins."
HALF OF ALL STUDENTS LEARN MANDARIN
In Castelar Authentic
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lessons, attracting 300 to 350, or half of its total students.
The kindergarten teachers that teach Mandarin do not speak a word of English
in class, so the students can be immersed in the program.
At their class, children can recite Chinese ancient poem to its tune,
mention name of typical Chinese food, start their speech by quoting Chinese
idiom, and even dance to the melody of Chinese pop songs.
"I like learning Chinese, for it is interesting. You can speak in Chinese,
and you can talk with Chinese people in their mother
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Why do American students start to learn Mandarin since so young?
"For it helps you find jobs (in the future), and even develop careers in
China. Speaking in Chinese can bring you more employment opportunities. China
is now so strong that more exchanges are on offer," explained Yang.
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