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UWI Centre for Language Learning hosts 10th Anniversary Open House

For Release Upon Receipt - May 16, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Language Learning (CLL) will close its 10th anniversary celebrations with an Open House from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Open House will feature several displays, exhibitions, mini language lessons, cuisine and cultural performances, all centred on the languages taught at the centre: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba. Planned activities include the daily screening of films and documentaries, workshops and displays of Japanese martial arts, Brazilian Capoeira, French Pétanque, Italian fashion and design, Spanish music and mini language lessons. There will be educational as well as fun activities in the languages. These events are open to all members of the public. A cover charge of $5.00 per day or $10.00 over the three days is in effect.

As part of the Open House, the CLL will also host a series of evening activities, with each day having a different theme. Friday 16th May is themed “Hindi Panchayat: Focusing on India’s culture and language”. On this evening, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Colonial Construction of India- Myth and Reality”, and the film “Nishant”, directed by Shyam Basant, will be screened. Themed “Tout Moun Tout Bagay: Something for Everyone”, Saturday will feature a multicultural night with food and drink samplings, and the film “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”, directed by Ang Lee, will be screened. The closing night, Sunday 18th May, which is themed “Fiesta: Hispanic Cultural Evening”, is devoted primarily to the Hispanics, with live performances and a special on-site preparation of foods. There is no charge for the evening activities, but space is limited. Invitations are available at the CLL Office.

For further information please contact the CLL office at 662-0758, Ms. Vanessa Williams at 662-2002 Ext. 3896, or Ms. Charlene Butcher at Ext. 2525.


  • CLL Office, Ms. Vanesa Williams, Ms. Charlene Butcher

  • Tel.: (868) 662-0758, 662-2002 Ext. 3896, Ext. 2525
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