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October 1, 2009

RSU Chinese Language Class Begins Oct. 12 in Bartlesville

An intensive eight-week class in the Chinese language (Mandarin dialect) will begin on Oct. 12 at Rogers State University in Bartlesville.

Enrollment is currently underway on the first floor of the RSU campus, located at Fourth St. and Dewey Ave. in downtown Bartlesville.

"Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in the world," said Dr. Gregory Thompson, head of the RSU Department of English and Humanities. "Considering our close economic ties to China, many business professionals will benefit from learning the Chinese language."

Chinese I will be offered from 7:00 to 8:40 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from Oct. 12 through Dec. 11. Chinese I is a beginning class focusing on understanding and speaking Chinese in the Mandarin dialect, and will include some exploration of Chinese culture.

The instructor will be Jan Yang, who lives in Bartlesville.

The classes are open to students at Bartlesville High School, business professionals and other members of the community, Thompson said. High school students should apply to the university as concurrent students.

RSU also offers classes in the Spanish, French and German languages on its campus in Claremore, and anticipates adding classes in Italian next spring, Thompson said. RSU conducts a summer study abroad program in Montone, Italy. The university also may consider adding classes in the Arabic language, he said.

For more information on enrolling in the Chinese language classes at RSU in Bartlesville, call (918) 338-8000, or visit the admission office on the first floor of the Bartlesville campus at Fourth St. and Dewey Ave. in downtown Bartlesville.