The IPFW Language Institute is a collaboration between IPFW and area high schools. In the United States in recent years certain languages that did not originate in Europe such as Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese have come to be seen as strategically important for international politics and economics, yet are not taught as widely as French, German, and Spanish.
In Fall 2009 IPFW began to offer Elementary Arabic and Elementary Chinese in classes on the IPFW campus that included both IPFW students and high school students from four districts in Allen County. In Fall 2010 Elementary Japanese was also offered, and the Arabic and Chinese classes included Intermediate as well as Elementary levels. This is an exciting time for the Department of International Language and Culture Studies, as our language offerings increase from three languages to six, and the inclusion of motivated high school students in our classes adds to the energy of these classes!