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Summer School Success
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A group of art and design students from Shizuoka University of Art and Culture (SUAC), Hamamatsu, Japan successfully completed an English Summer School Programme at Pembrokeshire College recently. The programme incorporated British culture, modern British society and a colourful twist of Welsh culture and memorable Pembrokeshire hospitality. By the end of the programme 80% of the students achieved a whole level above their initial assessment on the CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference for language), which was an excellent result for both the College and SUAC University.
Students spent four weeks in Pembrokeshire and were hosted by local families, which gave the group a real flavour of living in the UK as well as helping them to improve their English. Students visited numerous local historical and natural landmarks alongside their daily English Language lessons. Eager to immerse themselves in all things British, they were delighted to replace sushi with fish n’ chips and miso soup for a good old British fry-up.
A Japanese inspired love spoon (a rising sun), was handcrafted in Cold Inn, near Kilgetty; this popular emblem of Japanese culture married perfectly with the Celtic design; the spoon was later presented as a gift to the Mayor of Haverfordwest, Councillor Roy Thomas.
From Wales’ own capital Cardiff to Pembrokeshire’s very own city of St Davids, students received a daily dose of Welsh heritage, which created a positive impression to take home to Japan; Pembrokeshire might not have been on their ‘bucket list’, but the memories of Pembrokeshire and beyond will last them a lifetime. “Unforgettable”, “I love Wales and I love Pembrokeshire more”, were just some of the comments made by the students.