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Foreign Students to Practice English Skills
in Story Time for Children at McIntyre Library

RELEASED: March 22, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire foreign exchange students enrolled in ESL 201, "Integrated Skills," will serve as guest readers at the next monthly story time session held in McIntyre Library.

The students will each read a book they've selected and assist education reference librarian Kati Tvaruzka in leading additional activities, songs and dances when children from UW-Eau Claire's Children's Center next gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Instructional Media Center on the lower level of McIntyre Library.

Students participating are Francisco Parra Diaz of Venezuela, Yoshi Uekita of Japan, Damien Parsoud of France, and three students from Mongolia: Pangaa Buniya, Nara Jambal, and Toal Tsogtbaatar.

Tvaruzka, who leads the story time held the last Wednesday of every month, was previously a children's librarian at L.E. Phillips Memorial Library. She has been working with the ESL students, teaching them how to select appropriate books and giving them tips on reading to groups of preschoolers.

The ESL students are very excited and a bit nervous," said Tvaruzka, "but it will help them with their English skills in a fun and new way."

Foreign languages lecturer Julie Adler, who teaches "Integrated Skills," said, "It's great for the students to have an authentic audience and to be able to connect with the community in this way."

The story time session will be extended this month and last about 45 minutes. Children and grandchildren of faculty, staff, students and the general public also are invited.

For more information, contact Tvaruzka at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

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