University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies offers free summer classes in Arabic and Chinese to talented Chicago Public School students

The Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago is offering a new summer session program in collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools called The University of Chicago Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Chinese for Chicago Public Schools High School Students.

The school announced the program at a press conference Wednesday hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley.Through a grant of $240,000 from StarTalk, a federally-funded project to promote language study, 60 talented CPS students will be able to study, tuition-free, on the University of Chicago campus. They will take classes from University faculty members in the departments ofNear Eastern Languages and Civilizations and East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

In these four-week, specially-designed, intensive courses, students will be challenged and guided to improve their language ability. The students in the program will have already had two years of study in Arabic or Chinese and will continue their studies in the fall.As an added incentive, students who successfully complete the program will receive a $1,000 stipend.

"We are pleased that this exciting and innovative program further extends the University of Chicago's already deep commitment to the Chicago Public Schools and to public education in general," said Cary Nathenson, Associate Dean for Summer Programs at the Graham School.

"The University of Chicago, through the Graham School, is proud to support this opportunity for CPS students to enhance their knowledge of Arabic and Chinese, and to help them grow into the next generation of leaders in this international city and beyond."

The Graham School is the continuing education division of the University. Each year, the school accommodates more than 10,000 enrollments in our humanities and professional programs for adults at our downtown Gleacher Center and classrooms in Hyde Park, including the city's only evening courses in conversational Arabic.

The Graham School is also the home of the University of Chicago's summer session, and foreign language programs are a major component of our summer offerings. This summer, the school will provide instruction in 17 modern and classical languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. High school and college students from around the world will join University of Chicago students for a summer of hard work and fun, studying these languages and other subjects in summer session.



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