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University to offer free foreign language classes for elementary students

RELEASED: March 4, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of foreign languages will host a series of foreign language classes for elementary school students.

The free language classes will be held on campus and taught by UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in the "Teaching Foreign Languages in Grades 1-9" course. Classes offered will include beginning French, beginning Spanish and continuing Spanish.

"There is an interest in foreign languages for children, and at present there are not ongoing opportunities in the regular elementary school day," said Dr. Paul Hoff, UW-Eau Claire professor of Spanish and foreign language education. "These classes will whet their appetite for further language study. They will spark interest in another language and culture."

The classes will be held in Hibbard Humanities Hall, located at the corner of Park and Garfield avenues on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. The classes will be held from 4:10-4:50 p.m. Thursdays, from March 31-May 12.

Those interested in enrolling a child or children in the classes should complete the online registration form by March 25. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hoff at hoffpj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4287.

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