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UW-Eau Claire to Offer Arabic Language Class for the First Time

RELEASED: May 6, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer its first Arabic language class during the 2008-09 academic year.

With funding from a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant grant, UW-Eau Claire's department of foreign languages will host an Arabic teacher next year, said Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, chair of the foreign languages department. Sofiene Addala from Tunisia will teach Arabic 101 in the fall and Arabic 102 in the spring, he said.

"With more than 400 million native speakers, Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and represents a rich culture that also greatly influenced Western art, sciences and humanities," Strohschänk said.

Learning Arabic — the language of the Middle East and much of Africa — is important for those who want to better understand and connect with a region that figures prominently in today's international economic and political climate, said Provost Steve Tallant.

"There is a growing demand for Arabic language instruction as Americans have come to understand the importance of learning the language of Islam," Tallant said. "We feel fortunate to have secured the funds needed to offer this opportunity to our students."

Given the increasing demand for Arabic language classes nationwide, Strohschänk said he expects UW-Eau Claire's Arabic 101 class to fill up fast.

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