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Colleges and universities are expressing interest in the self-paced language study program developed by Allegheny, Lafayette, and Ursinus Colleges with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

During a conference at Lebanon Valley College on Feb. 24, 2001, Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures and president of the central Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, presented information on the computer-based, interactive program for students learning German and French.

The program was designed for students who wish to continue language study in either of the languages but have a scheduling conflict. Claudia Meulenberg ’02, who had taken German 101 through the program, and Ursula Vanderberg ’01, a German tutor who worked with students taking the self-paced course, talked from their perspectives. Meulenberg gave a demonstration of the program, while Vanderberg discussed her work assisting students. They both answered questions.

The computer program is the result of a consortium with Ursinus and Allegheny Colleges that formed about four years ago. Ursinus College uses the program to prepare their students for study abroad experiences. Franklin & Marshall and Millersville Colleges received a copy of it at the conference and intend to use it as a supplement to existing courses. Syracuse University, after a lecture by Lamb-Faffelberger, expressed interest in the program.

Currently, the Lafayette’s foreign language department is working with Ursinus, Allegheny, and Middlebury College, a technical center and clearing house for projects funded by Mellon grants. They are brainstorming for other German language projects.

Lamb-Faffelberger organized and ran the conference at Lebanon Valley College.

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