In Signal Hill, Calif., Paris native and educator Chantal Harzig opened what might be Southern California's first French immersion school. In 2008, nearly 1 million students in the state were learning a foreign language and about three-quarters studied Spanish, according to ACTFL. Harzig believes her students will benefit in other areas by immersing themselves in French. "It's a Latin language, so once you learn French, it's much easier to learn other Latin languages like Spanish, Italian and Portuguese," she said.
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