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Mandaring students making dumplingsOur level 3 extended diploma in Travel and Tourism students have successfully completed a ten week course in Mandarin, finishing with an authentic Chinese cooking lesson.

St Helens College worked in partnership with the Liverpool Confucius Institute to help its students to prepare for the world's ever changing jobs market. The students' newly found understanding of Mandarin was made possible by University of Liverpool, Xi'an Jiaotong University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, which aims to promote Chinese language and culture amongst British schools and colleges, local businesses, community groups and individuals.

Over the ten weeks, the students not only gained foreign language skills, but also developed a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese culture through interactive activities such as Tai-Chi, visiting Liverpool's China Town and preparing traditional Chinese cuisine. With China consistently expanding internationally in the world of business and commerce, the need for young people to develop these skills is crucial.

The Mandarin classes were delivered and taught by Dr. Sun, who has specialised in neurological science for over twenty years in China. Now lecturing at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Integrative Biology, Dr Sun also passes her authentic Mandarin language skills onto businesses, schools and colleges around Merseyside.

Dr. Sun, said "It is important for young British people to learn Mandarin because it can help them to secure employment not only in China and in the UK, but in a range of other countries too. Like the English language, Mandarin is also a world language, and can be used to bridge communication barriers between other languages."

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Frodsham, from Rainford, said: "It's been a really good experience. We've learned so much about the Chinese culture, it's be so interesting. Dr Sun was very nice and a really supportive too."

Tutor of the level 3 extended diploma in travel and tourism, Vicki Aspinall, said "It is my role to ensure that the students' experience whilst at College has been supportive of their future careers and aspirations. Chinese tourism in Liverpool has really grown recently and with the growth of the Visitor Economy locally there are an abundance of job opportunities. These lessons have helped our students to become more familiar with a broader range of global cultures to help them prepare for the world of work in the travel and tourism industries."

If you are interested in studying travel and tourism, please call us on 0800 99 66 99.

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