The Startalk program at the New Life Christian School in Frederick, Md., looks much like a school you would see in China, with children learning about science, technology, engineering and math in Chinese. The program -- funded by the U.S. Department of Defense -- was started to help ensure Americans learn critical world languages, such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi. "The idea then is that you have a practical use for the language, which helps it cement better," said Robin Maliszewskyj, site director.

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