12th November 2002





Students at the University of Lincoln have been making space in the classroom for an extra pupil.


Gunnel Nilsson – an English lecturer from Vreta-Västerby College in Sweden – arrived at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture’s Riseholme Park last week and will be spending four weeks improving her language skills in particular subject areas.


Agriculture, Horse Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Animal Management and Countryside Management students will assist Gunnel in her endeavour to extend her vocabulary and polish her understanding of dialect.


Vreta-Västerby College is a Further Education agricultural college on the south-eastern coast of Sweden which instructs around 400 students in equine studies, agriculture and forestry.


“I have a fairly good vocabulary but I need to learn more of the everyday words and phrases,” said Gunnel.


“I am also hoping to improve my knowledge of English culture and geography.  I would like to take a trip to the coast and I am planning to visit some folk concerts and the theatre. 


“I have only visited the UK once before when I was studying for my English literature degree a few years ago.  I studied at university in south Wales and would like to return for a weekend to see friends.


“There is so much I would like to see and do while I am here but unfortunately I think the four weeks will go very quickly.”


Steve Fox, programme leader for FE Forestry, said: “We already have strong links with the college as our forestry students visit Sweden regularly.


“We are really pleased that Gunnel was able to visit us and we have arranged a full programme to give her as much language and culture variation as possible.”




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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

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