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September 5, 2003

CLUB OFFERS FREE SPANISH CLASSES TO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Viterbo University Spanish Club students are offering Spanish language lessons for area elementary school students beginning Monday, Sept. 15.

The students will teach beginning Spanish in levels I-III from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays for 11 weeks, ending with the last Monday in November. Classes will be held in the Murphy Center, rooms 402 and 406. There is no cost for the program and any materials needed will be provided.

"Children in elementary school are at the best time in their life to learn a new language. The earlier a child starts studying a new language, the more natural it will become and, by the time they get to middle school or high school, it will no longer feel foreign. Instead, it will be second nature to them," said Maribel Bird, chair of the world languages department and advisor to the Viterbo Spanish Club.

The Spanish Club began tutoring Onalaska elementary school children in Spanish last year. That program has been a great success, said Bird. The Onalaska students will be commuting to Viterbo University to continue their tutoring this year.

A spring tutoring session will also be held but dates, times, and location will be announced later.

To register a child for these classes, please call Bird at 608-796-3491 or email spanishclub@viterbo.eduwith the following information: child’s name, child’s age, number of years child may have already studied Spanish, parent/guardian name(s), address, and phone number.

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