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UWI Centre for Language Learning hosts month-long foreign language and culture event

For Release Upon Receipt - March 13, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Beginning March 5, the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine has been offering visitors and students an immersive foreign language and culture experience. The month of activity is an opportunity for the wider national community to experience the many cultures associated with the 10 languages taught at the centre.

The month of activity kicked off with a Film Festival of 10 foreign movies and was followed by a series of guest speaker presentations, panel discussions and Faculty outreach sessions called “Language Tasters”, under the banner ‘Go Global, Learn a Language! Discover new cultures!’

CLL will open its doors to the public, secondary school students and UWI students and staff during its two-day Open House based on the theme, "Discover new cultures" from March 27-28. At that time, the month of activity will come to a close with a food fair, martial arts and cooking demonstrations and other interactive sessions. There will also be a mini concert featuring performances by Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish language learners. Visitors can enjoy Arabic, Chinese and Italian cuisine on the Friday and authentic Mexican, French and Indian cuisine on the Saturday.  All are invited to experience what the CLL has to offer. Both Open House days will run 9am to 5pm at the CLL on the St. Augustine Campus. 


On Tuesday, March 10, CLL formally launched this Open House with a lively panel discussion entitled, Cuba-US normalisation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Anglophone Caribbean. Among the panellists were Ms Bonita Morgan, Director, Resource Mobilisation and Development, Caribbean Tourism Organisation; Dr David Rampersad, Executive Director, UWI’s Central Office for Regional and International Affairs; Professor Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Principal of The UWI St. Augustine; Dr. Armando Garcia, Lecturer in the Department of History, The UWI St. Augustine; Dr. Jacqueline Laguardia-Martinez, Lecturer in the Institute of International Relations, The UWI St. Augustine; and Dr. Beverly-Anne Carter, CLL Director. Airfare for Ms. Morgan and Dr Rampersad was graciously sponsored by Caribbean Airlines.

Further information on the Open House as well as CLL’s courses can be obtained from Vanessa Williams at 662 2002 ext. 83896 or also, like the Centre for Language Learning page on Facebook, follow @CLLUWI on Twitter or visit



About the Centre for Language Learning (CLL)

The Centre for Language Learning (CLL) is the language learning centre of The UWI St. Augustine. The CLL’s courses are open to UWI staff and students, as well as members of the public 18 years and over. As a teaching and research centre of The UWI, the CLL is governed by the rules and regulations of the regional university. Currently, CLL offers courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba. CLL is a member of the Association of University Language Centres and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages. For further information, log onto


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)