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Arabic, Portugese, and Wolof Courses at Bluefield State College

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    Monday, August 22 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Elementary level classes in Arabic, Portuguese, and Wolof will be offered for college credit in fall 2011 at Bluefield State College.


Arabic will be taught by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant of Syria Fares Dabbaghieh, Portuguese by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant of Brazil Cristiano Melo, and Wolof by Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Rokhaya Diallo.


“By enrolling in these language courses, BSC and Concord University students will be better prepared for the minor in international studies offered jointly by these higher education institutions" noted Dr. Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi, Coordinator/Office of International Initiatives.


“Learning a new language helps to unlock the world,” he continued, “it opens doors to different countries’ cultures, norms, histories, economics, politics, their relationship with the environment, the people themselves, and their views of the rest of the world.”


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, Jamkhandi observed.


For the past four years, 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 language courses being offered by Bluefield State College, please contact BSC’s Office of International Initiatives at 304-327-4036 or by email at