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May 16, 2007

UI To Offer Russian Language Courses For Community

Those who have always wanted to learn Russian now have an opportunity to do so, thanks to new beginning Russian courses offered next academic year at the University of Iowa.

The UI Russian Program will offer two new courses designed specifically for members of the Iowa City, Johnson County and surrounding communities to become acquainted with the Russian language.

"Russian for Adult Learners I" will be offered in the fall and will focus on developing practical knowledge of Russian, including reading and conversational skills. The course is ideal for businesspeople, tourists and travelers, parents who are considering adopting or have adopted Russian children, or anyone interested in Russia in general, said Margaret Mills (left), a professor of Russian in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"As the years have gone by since the end of the Soviet Union, American contact with Russian society, Russian people, and Russian businesses has expanded and become much more diversified," Mills said. "People from Iowa City and the surrounding area often call us, asking about how they can learn Russian for business, for adoption, for work with Russian colleagues or for work with their churches. It's a tremendous country and culture that really have something for everyone."

The course will meet from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester, from August 28 until December 13. The instructor is a native speaker of Russian with several years of experience teaching foreign languages.

"Russian For Adult Learners II" will be offered in spring 2008.

Mills said anyone, whether or not they are enrolled at the UI, is eligible to take the courses for a quick but thorough introduction to Russian language and culture. The courses will be offered through the Saturday and Evening Classes in the Center for Credit Programs, which is part of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

Advance registration is encouraged by mid-July. For more information on the courses, costs or special accommodations to attend, contact Mills at 319-335-2848 or or visit

In conjunction with the courses, learners will have the possibility to travel to Russia in spring 2008.

"For many people, going to Russia or learning Russian seems like a far-off, daunting goal," said Mills. "We're pleased to be able to make it more accessible to the people of Iowa City and nearby areas."

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Program: Margaret Mills, 319-335-2848,