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April 19, 2006

Foreign Language Resource Focus Of April 24 International Mondays Lecture

Elena Osinsky, the director of the Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet) Program at University of Iowa International Programs, will discuss "Less Commonly Taught Languages across the Curriculum" at the next International Mondays lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. ALLNet participants will also speak at this lecture, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The National Resource Center in International Programs offers a free language service to students, faculty and staff interested in study and research abroad. Many international opportunities require communication skills in languages not currently taught at the UI, Osinsky says. With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center in International Studies, ALLNet offers a resource for studying these less commonly taught languages through autonomous language learning (ALL).

Currently, 21 languages are being taught through the program this semester, ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu.

Osinsky received her master's degree from the UI College of Education. While at the UI, she has worked as a research assistant for various offices within International Programs.

For more information on ALLNet, visit: http://www.uiowa.edu/~allnet/

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or amy-green-1@uiowa.edu.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433, amy-green@uiowa.edu; Writer: Katie Chelminski