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University of North Texas Offering Free Language Classes

The month-long classes are funded by the National Security Agency

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    The University of North Texas is offering month-long Russian and Chinese classes completely free for high school juniors and seniors, and community college and UNT students.

    The program is called STARTALK, a language-immersion course funded by the National Security Agency to encourage the teaching of critical-need languages. 

    The Chinese and Russian classes each have 24 students who were selected based on their academic performance, letter of recommendation from a teacher and interest in learning Chinese or Russian.

    The classes are held on the UNT campus from June 4 to June 29 and are taught completely in the new languages. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In that time, students do things like morning exercise, traditional cooking classes, crafts, music, dance and field trips.

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    At the end of the course, UNT students have the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours. STARTALK said it believes if more students learn critical-need languages, it will solidify national security and global economic competitiveness for years to come.

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