For Immediate Release-UCLA Center for World Languages

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2011
Contact: Agazit Abate
(310) 825-2510
cwl@international.ucla.edu
www.hslanguages.ucla.edu

The Center for World Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles is offering an Amharic Heritage Language class for High School students this summer 2011 as a part of the Center for World languages High School Institute which includes classes in Armenian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Persian and Russian. The class will be held from June 28- July 28, 2011 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am- 12:30pm. The enrollment fee is $150 and students may earn up to one year of High School foreign language credit.

The Amharic class is specifically designed for heritage language students. This typically means that the student heard the language at home throughout their childhood, but was educated primarily in English.

The need to produce multilingual citizens in our society is evident. The need for our heritage classes in particular arose out of the realization that there were a group of students who have a reserve of language knowledge but need specific attention to increase their language proficiency. For this reason, our class looks specifically at their needs as heritage learners and seeks to help them develop literacy in their home language. Amharic is a less-commonly taught language and therefore high school students often don’t have access to formal Amharic language schooling. Home language retention among immigrant groups is a constant issue; we hope that this class provides an important resource for the Amharic speaking community in the greater Los Angeles area.

Enrollment is now open at www.hslanguages.ucla.edu.

Flyer is attached.

Sincerely,

Agazit Abate
UCLA Center for World Languages
1333 Rolfe Hall
Box 951411
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1411

Phone: 310-825-2510
Fax: 310-206-5183

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