HPU Adds New Foreign Language Courses

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 24, 2009 – Four new foreign language classes will be added to the course lineup at High Point University. Beginning in the fall 2009 semester, Arabic 101 and 102 will be offered, as well as Intermediate Japanese 201 and 202.
Arabic 101 and 102 will be taught by Mina Ouakrim, a native of Morocco. Ouakrim graduated from the University of Strasbourg, France, with a degree in linguistics with specialization in Arabic language and culture.
Dr. Carole Head, chair of the Modern Foreign Language Department at HPU, feels that Arabic is a particularly interesting course to add.
“There is clearly a need to deepen students’ understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world,” Head says. “Knowing a language helps one understand the people who speak that language. Since all language courses contain cultural components, study of a language helps enhance their knowledge of other cultures.”
Intermediate Japanese 201 and 202 will be taught by Akiko Takamatsu, who currently teaches Japanese 101 and 102 at HPU. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in Japanese Pedagogy, and earned a Japanese Language Instructor Certificate from Sendagaya Institute of Japanese in Tokyo, Japan.
“The addition of the intermediate sequence in Japanese will give interested students the opportunity to develop communicative skills beyond what is needed to satisfy basic survival needs,” Head says. “Students will learn to work with authentic materials and will gain knowledge about cultural patterns of behavior.”
Head adds how important the study of foreign language is in today’s society.
“The more language one studies, the greater his or her understanding of the culture of the people who speak that language,” Head says. “The university emphasizes the development of cross-cultural awareness in its mission statement and in its curriculum.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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