AACC offers world languages for business professionals

The new Center for World Languages at Anne Arundel Community College is launching an innovative Pathways to Proficiency world language program this fall.

Starting this September, the center is offering comprehensive, eight-course sequenced foreign language instruction in nine different languages. These noncredit, continuing education language series are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

“This series is ideal for government employees, defense contractors, military personnel and professionals who frequently travel abroad, conduct business with international contacts or are preparing for a deployment. The program is also excellent for police, firefighters, emergency and medical personnel who need foreign language skills on the job,” said Janet M. Paulovich, director of English language learning and adult education at AACC and the creator of Pathways to Proficiency.

Participants will develop and improve practical, everyday foreign language skills, with an intense focus on improving speaking skills through interactive, small-group practice. Students who successfully complete all four courses at the beginning level will receive a continuing education and workforce development certificate. A four-course intermediate level series will start in fall 2010.

To accommodate busy working adults’ schedules, the Center for World Languages is offering classes on the Arnold campus and at the Arundel Mills facility from 6-8:30 p.m. two nights per week. Depending on the language, the sessions run for six weeks (30 hours) or eight weeks (40 hours). More time is allotted for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian courses. The 30-hour French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese courses cost $200 each including registration fee. The 40-hour Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian courses cost $275 each including registration fee.

For information on the Pathways program, visit  or contact Paulovich at 410-777-1192. 

For those who need child care during the class, the nationally-accredited Child Development Center offers affordable evening child care for ages 3-10.

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