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Local College Embraces Chinese Culture
Central Coast Community College is offering Mandarin classes in response to the planned influx of Chinese visitors to the Central Coast.
Tutor Xuehuang (Willa) Chen, who has lived in Australia for twelve years, is looking forward to sharing her expertise in the Chinese language to help ease the way.
“Learning Chinese will certainly be beneficial to the people who will be involved with this development. The Chinese culture is very much intertwined with the language, and it is important to understand the different ways of addressing people in Chinese society.
“This is very important especially if people are planning on seeking employment at the Chinese Cultural development, or will be dealing with them in a business sense.
“In our language class we focus on developing people’s verbal communication skills in a very supportive atmosphere. If students are keen to learn more we can also touch on the written word, which of course is a more detailed process”, Willa said.
Before coming to Australia, Willa studied at University in China and holds a Bachelor Degree in English. She also taught in the Chinese provincial education system and ran her own English study program that was broadcast to the whole province.
Along with her husband she also taught weekend English school.
“In China I was able to teach English to students. In Australia I am now able to pass on my Chinese language skills to the people of the Central Coast”, Mrs Chen said.
Chinese Mandarin for Beginners will be held at Central Coast Community College in Term 4.
For more information, please call the College on 4348 4300 or www.cccc.nsw.edu.au