Centre for Modern Languages
The Centre for Modern Languages is a new unit in Richmond University through which the University aims to reinstate modern language teaching and to enhance its profile as an international university. Language is the key to understanding another culture, as “languages play a key role in expressing the cultures and identities of the places in which they are used” (Languages and Related Studies, 2007, AQQ). Language also forms an essential part of intercultural competence that is increasingly vital in the present multicultural and multilingual world.
The Centre plans to introduce courses in a number of global modern languages over the next few years, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and perhaps Spanish, just to name a few, combined with related cultural studies with an aim to foster not only the awareness, but also the competencies in intercultural communications of the course participants. As an interface between the University and its neighbouring communities, the Centre will also provide language and related courses as well as occasional public lectures to the communities and institutions in the surrounding areas of the University.
The Centre for Modern Language has announced its Spring Semester (January 2016) Evening Classes.
Dates are as follows:
Modern Standard Arabic Language & Culture I – 27th January – 30th March 2016* (Wednesdays)
Modern Standard Arabic Language & Culture II – 26th January – 29th March 2016* (Tuesdays)
Chinese Language and Culture I-1 – 25th January – 4th April 2016* (Mondays)
Please note that there will be no class on Monday, 28th March
Chinese Language and Culture I-2 – 28th January – 31st March 2016* (Thursdays)
Chinese Language and Culture III – 18th January – 29th April 2016* (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Please note that there will be no class on 7th, 9th and 28th March