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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education to Offer Chinese Language Courses for Fifth- Through Eighth-Grade Students

RELEASED: Jan. 14, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will offer two "Let's Learn Chinese" classes this winter and spring for students in grades five through eight.

The classes will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays Feb. 7-May 16 (no classes March 14, March 21 and April 25). The Level one class is for beginners and Level two is for those with some experience in basic Chinese or who have taken the beginning Chinese class. Both classes will be held in the Human Sciences and Services Building at UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Simei Tong, a Shanghai native and UW-Eau Claire associate professor of mathematics, will be the Level one course instructor. Students will learn basic vocabulary in themed units such as school, family and friends; explore Chinese culture; and learn to write Chinese characters.

LeRoy Nosker Tanner will be the Level two instructor. Students will build on their basic skills through themed units including food, clothing and sports.

Cost for the course is $195 per person. A family discount is available for multiple family members registering at the same time.

To register, obtain additional program information, or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call Continuing Education at 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), e-mail ce@uwec.edu or visit the Continuing Education Web site.

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