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Demand for French education surges in Louisiana

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Students work in class at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

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Teacher Fabinee LeChevre works with Alejandro Perez, at the International School of Louisiana on Friday.

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Jourdan Bournes walks on stilts with the help of Jy Nero, left, and Cristhian Buezo, right, at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans, on Friday.

AP reports:

NEW ORLEANS — There's been increasing demand for children to learn a second language as non-English tongues have become more commonplace in the U.S. and on TV news, said Sean Wilson, head of ISL, which offers immersion in both French and Spanish, as well as classes in Mandarin Chinese.

"We live in a world that is very interconnected," Wilson said. "Now more than ever, we're hearing Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese and there's an increase in demand when something is heard more frequently." Read the full story here.