New housing option offers students language immersion lifestyle

TBPWBldgTCU has recently opened a new immersion residence that offers students an opportunity to practice and refine their foreign language skills. Known collectively as the Language Houses, the residence includes four suites in Mabee Hall in Tom Brown/Pete Wright Residential Community for students currently studying French and German.

Students who elect to live in a Language House agree to various rules of conduct, including using their target language during all Language House activities, dining together with residents 2-3 times per week, attending one conversation hour per week, and taking at least one course in their target language.

Professors Cynthia Chapa (German) and Marie Schein (French) are the faculty advisors for the new program. In their oversight of the houses, they seek to ensure an experience that creates citizens who by virtue of their linguistic and cultural expertise and their robust interest in a larger world, will be prepared to impact the global community.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 3-3:30 p.m. in front of Mabee Hall. Special guests include both the French and German consuls, Sujiro Seam and Ricarda Redeker, Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., Provost Nowell Donovan and other distinguished guests. The event is open to the public.

The Language House is administered by the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Department of Modern Language Studies in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts.

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