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18 February 2014

Cardiff and Vale College welcomes Chinese students

Cardiff and Vale College has held its third Chinese Winter School, welcoming nearly 40 students from Beijing.

The group of 15-16-year-olds from Yuhai Senior High School in Beijing came to the College for a two-week programme of intensive English lessons. They were also taken on a variety of cultural trips across Cardiff, the Vale and Glamorgan and on visits to London and Oxford.

CAVC students showed the group around the College and shared lessons to give them a taste of academic life at College. They also took them bowling – and the Chinese youngsters were charmed to meet Cameron Patterson, a student who now lives in Barry who is fluent in Mandarin. The programme was a resounding success and culminated in a special graduation ceremony and meal, with karaoke.

One of the students, Sean, said: “The people in Cardiff are really friendly and the air is fresh. I enjoyed studying the local culture.”

Another, Emily, added: “I am looking forward to coming back and seeing the lovely teachers.”

CAVC Vice Principal for Curriculum Kay Martin told the group: “Every member of staff involved in the programme has commented on how delightful it has been to be with you. They have been impressed by your politeness, your commitment, your hard work and your interest in everything we have done together these last two weeks – we will be sorry to say goodbye and hope you will return to us to study in future.”

The Winter Schools scheme is part of the Cardiff and Vale College English Language and Cultural Studies programme, which is designed to give groups of 14 -19 year old students from around the world an intensive experience of using English within its cultural context. Standard programmes are available at in January, February, July and August for two, three or four weeks at a time. Customised programmes are also available any time of year.

Standard programmes include 15 hours of language teaching per week, focusing on developing students' speaking and listening skills to build conversation skills. The morning language sessions are themed to give students an understanding of local culture and customs. In the afternoons, students will participate in cultural visits and leisure activities.

For more information contact the CAVC International team on 029 2090 8004.