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ORU Offers Mandarin Chinese Classes

Mandarin Chinese ClassesOral Roberts University will offer Mandarin Chinese classes to students beginning in spring 2014. The university intends to expand the number of classes offered and establish a language minor for students.

“There are more people learning Mandarin than ever before,” said Chair of the ORU English and Modern Languages Department Linda Gray. “ORU is proud to offer yet another language option to help our students prepare for the global marketplace.”

To accommodate the new classes, ORU hired native Mandarin Chinese speaker Jenny Chen Fang. Fang previously taught at Tulsa Community College, Jenks High School and Metro Christian High School.

Students enrolled in Mandarin Chinese classes will have full access to the ORU Language Lab and Cultural Center, which occupies two classrooms filled with foreign language learning resources and equipment. The Language Lab contains 28 computer stations where students can practice conversation skills. Students can also use the software to record their own voices or type an essay in the target language, then immediately send the digital file to the instructor.

The Cultural Center contains a language resource library of books, magazines, DVDs, CD-ROMs, audio CDs and online access, which can acquaint students with another country's culture as well as teach various aspects of language construction. The room has 14 computers with headphones and various software (such as Rosetta Stone), which enables students to learn interactively.

Students interested in Mandarin Chinese classes as part of their full-time enrollment at ORU are eligible for nomination to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship, which offers up to $20,000 a year in tuition. For additional information on the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program, visit www.quest.oru.edu.

For more information about the new Mandarin Chinese classes, attend ORU College Weekend March 6-8, 2014, or contact the ORU admissions office at 800-678-8876 ext. 1or admissions@oru.edu.