17th May 2001

 

FROM LINCOLN TO PARAGUAY IN ONE EASY LESSON

 

A student who couldn’t speak a word of Spanish before going to university has beaten off the competition and secured a teaching job in Paraguay.

 

Thanks to his new-found language skills, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside student Tim Skinner has been awarded the position by the British Council.

 

Tim (23) from Evesham in Worcestershire, is in the final year of a European Tourism degree in Lincoln and was encouraged to apply to the British Council by lecturer Andy Daglish, who quickly recognised his Spanish skills.

 

“When he joined the university Tim had no experience of Spanish,” said Andy. “I suggested that he take an abinitio course and then he studied at degree level.”

 

His British Council interview included demonstrating his Spanish speaking skills which he had perfected in a four-month stay in Spain during his degree.

 

Tim is still surprised by the news: “So many people apply to work abroad for the British Council - I couldn’t believe it when I heard that I’d been offered the position!

 

 “I’m not a natural linguist but I got so much encouragement that I decided to apply.

 

“I didn’t think I’d even get to university,” he added. “I applied through clearing and I’m pleased that it has given me the chance to work abroad.”

 

Tim heads off to Paraguay in August and will be working at the British Council for 12 months – though as yet he is unsure exactly where he will be based.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

e-mail: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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