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Friday, July 25, 2008

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Want to be able to converse with a huge chunk of the world's population? UALR will be offering a class in Mandarin Chinese this fall.

UALR NEWS RELEASE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 24, 2008) – UALR’s Division of International and Second Languages will be offering instruction in Mandarin Chinese beginning in the fall.

The classes are being offered in collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. No prior knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

The classes will be offered from Noon to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Room 303 in Stabler Hall. A second class will meet from 4:30 to 7:10 p.m. on Thursday in Room 304 Stabler Hall.

Cao Li, who holds a master’s degree from Dalian University of Foreign Languages in Liaoning Province, China, will teach the class. She arrives in Little Rock in August to begin graduate studies at UALR’s College of Education. Questions about the Chinese classes should be directed to Jeanette Clausen, chair of the Division of International Studies and Second Languages, at (501) 569-3272 or by e-mail at jxclausen@ualr.edu.

Clausen said the class is for students with no prior knowledge of the Chinese language.  The Communicating in Chinese textbooks “Listening and Speaking” and “Reading and Writing” will be used for both Mandarin Chinese I in the fall semester and Mandarin Chinese II in the spring. Enrollment is limited to 15 students per section.

About one-fifth of the world’s population, or more than one billion people, speak some form of Chinese as their native language.

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