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A collaborative effort between the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the Brazilian Embassy will seek to garner more interest from Barbadians, over the next few weeks, in learning Portuguese, the language of Brazil.

The Barbados Language Centre (BLC) of the BCC has endorsed the thrust by the Embassy to host a series of workshops, presentations and discussions on the history, language and culture of Brazil.

Under the theme Brazil, 200 Years of Independence: History, Language and Culture, the series, which begins today, Thursday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m., will be carried online at tinyurl.com/br200y.  The series will continue on Thursday, August 4, and every other Thursday on that platform, for one hour.

According to Director of the BLC, Paul Blackman, the aim is to promote the Portuguese language in Barbados; encourage persons keen on speaking it to do so through their association with Brazilians, and also to encourage those interested in furthering studies in Portuguese, to consider Brazil as an option.

“It’s all about fostering ties between Barbados and Brazil,” Mr. Blackman stressed, while adding that the Barbados Language Centre has just relaunched Portuguese, having offered it as an elective last semester and is looking forward to it being a course in the evening classes, come September.

joy-ann.gill@barbados.gov.bb

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