- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has implemented a new program to help the increasing number of Chinese students feel like a part of the university community by teaching professors how to pronounce their names.

KGAN-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1LTM9Ul ) the program pairs Chinese-speaking student tutors with faculty and staff in one-on-one sessions at the start of every semester.

One student, Ya Qiong, chooses to go by the English name of Irene because it’s easier for her professors and classmates to pronounce. She hopes the program will help because she wants to be known by her real name. Qiong said that being able to pronounce her name correctly is a way to show respect and feel cared for.

Kevin Den Adel, an accountant lecturer, said that he still does not pronounce names perfectly, but he can see students’ appreciation for his effort.

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Information from: KGAN-TV, https://www.kgan.com

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