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Kettering University to Offer Credit Classes in Chinese and German June 02, 2010 07:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

FLINT, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The sound of Chinese and German phrases will be heard at Kettering University beginning in the summer 2010 term when foreign language classes in Chinese and German will be offered for credit. The classes are a collaborative effort between the Liberal Studies Department, the Office of International Programs and through the strategic plan to usher in a new international era and culture at Kettering implemented by Provost Michael Harris. They are being piloted in response to interest from students and the Student Academic Council of Kettering Student Government (KSG). Dr. Karen Wilkinson, head of the Liberal Studies Department, said “it was apparent there was student interest and support for foreign-language-for-credit at Kettering,” following an Academic Council forum to discuss the issue. “We believed the only way to know if the interest would actually support foreign language courses was to offer pilot classes,” Harris said, noting the languages were selected based on Kettering’s current exchange programs with German universities and its increasing growth and activity in China. The Chinese course includes some instruction in the culture to help students better understand the relationship between the language and the culture, said Dr. Luchen Li, director of Kettering’s Office of International Programs. “We would eventually like to add a cultural aspect to the new Chinese course including art, film and music,” he added. Kettering currently has one student studying in China and two recently returned from study abroad in China. Samantha Best was the first Kettering student to study abroad in China. She graduated in 2009. “We are working on a broader scope of opportunities for study abroad in China for the fall 2010 term,” said Li. Plans to expand Kettering’s study abroad program in China are in line with President Barack Obama’s goals for cross-cultural education, said Li. “The Chronicle of Higher Education said President Obama wants 100,000 American students to study abroad in China in the coming year,” said Li. “We very likely will have students with co-op jobs in China in the near future as well,” Li added. Read more on Kettering’s new courses at: http://www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3008.

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