Barbados Public Officers Learning Chinese & Portuguese

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BGIS:-  Public officers are being prepared to function effectively in simple authentic foreign language situations and are honing valuable skills in the process.

The Learning and Development Directorate (LDD) of the Ministry of the Public Service has organised Beginner’s Chinese for Business and Tourism and Beginner’s Portuguese for Business and Tourism courses for public officers. They are being offered by the Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, The University of the West Indies.

Director of the LDD, Fay-Marie Browne, said one Portuguese and two Chinese cohorts had already been conducted.  Another Portuguese course would be held in March/April of this year, she added, noting that officers may begin applying for it.

Explaining that the courses target public officers at all levels who desire training in beginner’s conversational language for business and travel purposes, Mrs. Browne said they are held for eight weeks, via the Zoom platform.

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Underscoring their importance, the Director stated: “The courses seek to expose all public officers to a second language, in keeping with the national objective of having all Barbadians becoming bilingual.

“Barbados sees the globe as its oyster and some public officers interact with many non-English speaking officials professionally and socially, so this training will allow them to feel more comfortable in their interactions and may even propel them to take steps to further their studies in the areas.”

During the training, participants learn greetings and expressions of courtesy; grammar; how to introduce self and others; make business calls; ask for and give directions; express their likes and dislikes and leisure time activities.

Mrs. Browne continued: “The public officers even get to listen to and interpret simple communications from a native speaker, thus they are able to develop and improve their foreign language skills and proficiency.”

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  1. Barbados is China’s second colony in the Caribbean. The first was Dominica. But the people get the government they deserve. So the Bajans deserve their yellow colonisation in reverse. them yellows have no concept of human rights. soon their black behinds will be sent to labour camps, and forced to undergo sterilisation. and they all will be replaced by hundreds of Mr. Ching, Mrs Chong and baby Wangs. let the chinese colonise those foolish bajans.

  2. Yep agree Barbados will be a colony if China very soon. That’s the reason for elections one and a half years early. I hope the US act swiftly . I never thought Bajans were so foolish to give the lady so much power over them

  3. Y’all better because you PM is selling y’all out to China! Best y’all tie your dogs from now before they go missing.

  4. Meanwhile we are placing our eggs in the french, spanish and kweyol baskets. Clueless idiots run the show here.

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