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For immediate release
October 5, 2007

Contact: Jacquie Lucy

CCBC offers Portal to Foreign Languages and Culture

Baltimore County, Md. – Explore the traditions of Ramadan! See how well you can speak Chinese! Test your French culinary skills! Sample authentic Mexican cuisine! Participate in traditional German holiday festivities!

All of these experiences can be yours through the Portal to World Languages and Culture Series sponsored jointly by the department of Reading and Foreign Languages in the School of Liberal Arts and CCBC Continuing Education and Economic Development Life Enrichment program. This series of special events is free and open to the public. Space is limited for all events.

Monday, Oct. 8
6 – 8 p.m.
CCBC Essex
B Building, Rooms 214-215
For more information, contact Seham El Gendi at or at 443-840-1530.

CCBC Professors Seham El Gendi and Soumaya Long will discuss the Arabic language as well as the traditions of Ramadan, an important time of year for Muslims. Students from different Arabic speaking countries will share various aspects of their cultures including how they celebrate Ramadan.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CCBC Dundalk
K Building, Student Lounge (second floor)
For more information, contact Don Elliott at or at 410-455-4442.

Yan Brendel, CCBC Chinese language instructor, will give a brief lesson in Chinese and CCBC Professor and Communication Arts Department Chairman Tim Thompson will demonstrate Tai Chi. In addition to a display on Chinese culture, a reception with authentic Chinese food will be held.

Sunday, Nov. 4
3 – 5 p.m.
Café de Paris
8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia
REGISTRATION RSVP REQUIRED – E-mail Thu Schaeffer at your name and telephone number. Limited to the first 60 participants.

Enjoy an afternoon of French language taught by CCBC French language Professor Thu Schaeffer and cooking with the chefs at Café de Paris, including a crepe-making demonstration. Bon Appétit!

Monday, Nov. 12
3 – 5 p.m.
CCBC Catonsville, The Barn
Contact Patricia Harrigan at or 443-840-1884.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a snippet of Spanish language, a lesson in Mexican culture and a taste of Mexican cuisine. Highlights include a piñata-making demonstration. Ole!

Tuesday, Dec. 4
12 – 2 p.m.
CCBC Dundalk
K Building, Student Lounge (second floor)
Contact Patricia Harrigan at or 443-840-1884.

Learn some German from CCBC Professor Joe Teter and then participate in traditional German Holiday festivities with music, decorations and special food.

These events are intended to encourage registration in credit and continuing education foreign courses offered by CCBC. For information about Continuing Education Foreign Language programs, call 410-455-4700. Call 443-840-1884 or 410-455-6158 for credit Foreign Language courses in the School of Liberal Arts.

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