Chinese Students on Course to Brush Up on Language Skills; EDUCATION WALES

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Byline: Moira Sharkey

ALMOST 80 Chinese students have passed up on the opportunity to enjoy the Olympic Games in their own country and instead opted to learn in Wales.

As the world's attention focuses on the 29 Olympiad in Beijing, which start tomorrow, Swansea Met has welcomed its new crop of students from China. Many of the students have chosen Swansea Met to study courses in business, computing and supply chain management.

In advance of the start of term in September, they have arrived in Swansea for an eight-week English language programme, devised by Swansea Met's English study support tutor, David Williams.

David said: "This is the second year that we have run the programme for international students. As a result, we hope that they will be better prepared for the academic demands of their courses and be more familiar with the completely different teaching and learning culture here by the time the new academic year begins.

"The programme will prepare international students for the English language skills that they will need at undergraduate level.

The four language skills (listening/reading/speaking/writing) are taught with an emphasis on the writing component. Also, grammar, pronunciation, lexis (vocabulary), and common errors (spoken and written) are focused on . …