ERIC Number: ED306917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Supplemental Language Study Program.
Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
The Supplemental Language Study Group (SLSG) program at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) is described. The program was developed following a student's expression of interest in learning "exotic" languages unavailable in the standard foreign language curriculum at the university. This student-run club offers several weekly noncredit classes with a minimal fee. They are taught by foreign students at the university. Classes include Swahili, Japanese, Urdu, Arabic, Korean, Norwegian, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Navajo. SLSG has gained official recognition from the student government. Its expansion has had an impact on the official foreign language program offered at the university. Its success has resulted in the development of four new language classes in the university language curriculum (Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, and Japanese). Students can receive credits for them either through the university or the university's Division of Continuing Education. SLSG gives students and community members a chance to learn about other cultures through personal interaction, and foreign students gain a new appreciation of their American colleagues as interested, concerned individuals. It now reaches about 200 students per year. It is replicable in a university or college where foreign students are willing to be instructors (for a small fee), where the Office of International Programs is wiling to assist, and where proper approval can be obtained. Flyers on learning to speak the various languages are appended. (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Arabic, College Second Language Programs, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Hebrew, Higher Education, Japanese, Korean, Models, Navajo, Noncredit Courses, Norwegian, Peer Teaching, Portuguese, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, State Universities, Student Interests, Swahili, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Urdu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.