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Release: April 2, 2003

UI Graduate Student To Discuss Teaching Arabic April 7

UI graduate student Amani Ismail will discuss "Delivering Arabic: Pleasure and Challenge in Teaching a 'Funky' Language in Eastern Iowa," Monday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Center Lounge. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the International Mondays lecture series. A light lunch will be served.

Ismail, a native of Egypt, lived in Kuwait for some time before coming to the U.S. and is fluent in Arabic, English, and French. Her talk will focus on her reasons for undertaking the challenge of teaching Arabic, why it's important, and what she and her students have experienced so far.

Currently a doctoral student in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Ismail earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and completed her master's degree in science in journalism at Ohio University.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Mansi Bhatia