Forging Intercultural Connections

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

As Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Nova Scotia, our Language Centre has stepped up to smooth their transition by offering beginners’ courses in Arabic for members of the campus community as well as the general public. 

“Even being able to say hello in someone else’s language can help put them at ease in a difficult situation,” says Zak McLaren, Director of the Language Centre. “Learning just a few words in another language gives some communicative ability.”

In conjunction with the new Arabic courses, The Language Centre has also partnered with Languages Canada to offer refugees up 10 fully-sponsored, one-year courses in English.

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