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March 27, 2007

April 2 International Mondays Event Features UI Languages Program

University of Iowa students, faculty and staff are learning languages not usually on the UI course list -- including Nepali, Afrikaans, Greek, Wolof, Swedish and many more -- through the Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet) Program at the UI.

Six ALLNet participants will share information about program at the final International Mondays presentation of the spring semester, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The presentation, "From A to Z and in between: Less Commonly Taught Languages at the UI," will be free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Students Brian Miller, a doctoral student in the history department studying Turkish, and Ingrid Frisk, a senior communication studies major studying Swedish, both in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will share their experiences of learning their respective languages. Miller has been studying Turkish for four semesters and is interested in investigating the rise of multiculturalism in Western Europe, particularly Germany, since 1945. Frisk has studied Swedish for one semester and would like to continue her education in Sweden.

Tutors Behiye Bezir, Suwimol Jetawattana, Roxana Oprescu and Maysam Takapoo will join Miller and Frisk during the panel. Bezir is a Turkish tutor and doctoral student in the UI College of Education. Jetawattana is a Thai tutor and doctoral student in the radiation program in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Oprescu is a Romanian tutor and works for the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Takapoo is a Persian tutor and works for the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, also in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Many international opportunities require communication skills in languages not currently taught at the UI. International Programs offers the ALLNet language service to UI students, faculty and staff interested in study and research abroad. ALLNet offers a resource for studying less commonly taught languages through autonomous language learning. Currently, 35 languages are being offered through the ALLNet program.

For more information on AllNet, visit

UI International Programs, the UI-Stanley Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library sponsor the International Mondays lectures. For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series, or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

For more information on the ALLNet program, contact Elena Osinsky, ALLNet director, at 319-335-2825 or or visit

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.