URI offers intensive German language, culture program

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KINGSTON, R.I. — January 16, 2007 — For anyone with a New Year’s resolution to learn to speak a foreign language, the University of Rhode Island has the perfect opportunity. Its 27th annual German Summer School of the Atlantic is now accepting applications for its intensive programs.

Participants live on campus during the six-week or three-week programs and are totally immersed in the German language and culture.

“It’s ideal for adult learners from all walks of life who are seeking proficiency in German, from upper level high school students to senior citizens,” said Norbert Hedderich, a URI professor of German and director of the program. “Some past participants were preparing to study or work abroad, others were German teachers here to strengthen their skills, and all share an interest in German and the culture of the German-speaking countries.”

The program offers opportunities for students of all levels – from beginner’s to graduate – and all core courses focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. Intermediate and advanced students have the option of taking the certification exams from the Goethe Institute.

In addition to coursework, the program also offers extracurricular programs to support the language learning process, including workshops on theater, music and current events. German films are regularly screened, and German news broadcasts are received daily via satellite.

Participants and faculty live and eat together in a German-only environment in the building that houses URI’s International Engineering Program.

The program is offered from June 24 to August 3 in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the German government, with support from the Max Kade Foundation. For additional information, visit www.uri.edu/iep/dssa or contact Norbert Hedderich at 401-874-4710 or hedderich@uri.edu.