Arkansas State University becomes int'l study stepping-stone

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Some international students are using Arkansas State University as a stepping stone, stopping in Jonesboro to learn German or another foreign language before relocating to another university for advanced degrees.

Hanne Pardos, an instructor of German in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at ASU, said many international and U.S. undergraduates have passed through the department in the 10 years she's lived in Jonesboro. She was born and raised in Germany.

The language department has become more visible in recent years. A language lab is on the third floor of Wilson Hall. Computers are set up so students can use Skype, a live video software, to communicate in foreign languages with others online for interactive sessions.

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