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Arabic, Kibwahili, and Wolof at Bluefield State College

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    Thursday, July 22 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Elementary Arabic I, Intermediate Arabic I, Elementary Kiswahili I, and Elementary Wolof I will be offered for college credit in fall 2010 at Bluefield State College.

Arabic will be taught by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Fatima Mohammed Jumaah Al Asisi of Iraq; Kiswahili will be taught by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Kevin Wamalwa of Kenya; Wolof (West Africa’s primary language) will be taught by Samba Camara of Senegal.

Fatima is an Assistant Instructor at the College of Education/Ibn Rushd in Baghdad; Kevin Wamalwa is a secondary school teacher in Kenya; and Samba Camara is a recent graduate of Dakar Teacher Training School. All three are looking forward to sharing their native languages and insights into their cultures with southern West Virginians and southwest Virginians.

Aspiring healthcare and social service workers, businesspersons, missionaries, teachers, engineers, computer scientists, politicians, journalists—all are well served when they learn languages spoken elsewhere in the world. They will also be better prepared for the new minor in international studies jointly developed and offered by Bluefield State College and Concord University.

Those who enroll in these language courses will discover they have access to over two hundred million Arabic speakers, from the northwestern part of Africa to the Middle East; to over fifty million Kiswahili speakers in various East African countries; and to over 6 million West African speakers of Wolof.

Learning a new language helps to unlock the world. Language learning opens doors to different countries’ psyches, cultures, norms, histories, economics, politics, the peoples’ relationship to their environment, the people themselves and their views of the rest of the world.

Bluefield State College has opted to participate in the US Department of State’s Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants Program, which is administered by the New York-based Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Arabic and Kiswahili courses being offered by Bluefield State College, please contact BSC’s Office of International Initiatives at 304-327-4036 or by email at