New Language Courses Ready Students for Global Marketplace at A&M International

With the global marketplace a given, enhanced foreign language skills afford distinct opportunities. This Fall, Texas A&M International University is offering an array of new foreign languages courses that can give students a global edge in that marketplace.

An "Intensive Portuguese" (PORT 3301-161) class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:15 p.m. This intensive course is designed to give Spanish speakers a reading knowledge of the language and basic oral competency. Olga Verduzco, a native Brazilian whose first language is Portuguese, will teach the class.

Three classes in French, "Elementary French I" (FREN 1301-101), "Elementary French II" (FREN 1302-101) and "Intermediate French I (FREN 2301-102) will be presented.

The "Elementary French I" class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-10:50 a.m. in Bullock Hall 201. "Elementary French II" class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-11:50 a.m. in Bullock Hall 210. "Intermediate French I," being offered for the first time, will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30- 10:45 a.m. in Bullock Hall 201. All courses will be taught by Valerie Jeanne Rasmussen, a native speaker of French.

In addition to an extensive selection of Spanish language courses, one class will take students back to the ancient intrigue of Latin.

"Elementary Latin I" (LAT 1301-101) will be offered from 7-8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The course is designed to give students a basic background in Latin, with emphasis on a reading knowledge of the language and on vocabulary growth in both English and Spanish through a study of cognates and derivatives from Latin. The course will be offered by Reynaldo Montemayor, instructor of Latin.

Registration for the Fall Semester at A&M International is Aug. 22. Late Registration will continue until Sept. 1. Classes begin Aug. 23.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 326.2250. Office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For additional information on language offerings at Texas A&M International University, contact the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Language, Literature and Arts at 326.2633, visit offices in Killam Library 428A, or email to tmitchell@tamiu.edu.

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