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Grant allows language classes to survive

The African Department of Languages at KU has received a two-million dollar grant to support programs, and the language Wolof is a reason why.

Things haven’t always been easy for the department, though.

“We’ve had to cut a couple languages from our offerings because there weren’t enough enrollments, or often times enrollment goes hand in hand if they hire an instructor,” Emily Riley, assistant director of the African-American studies center said.

Dr. Van Kelly, a language professor since 1982, said language courses that are offered such as Wolof are the spice of life.

“I don’t think it should be a problem. I think it’s in KU’s and students’ interests that lesser taught languages, of which KU teaches a great number, Wolof included, represent very important cultural aspects of the world,” Kelly said.

Christopher Yeboah, a graduate student from Ghana, said he couldn’t believe how many languages KU offered with the help of the grant.

The grant allows low enrollment courses to continue while allowing students to travel to African countries.