A NEW recruit at Llysfasi hopes to promote the college as a centre of Welsh culture to overseas students.
Elaine Cottrell-Lev, of Wrexham, is the new international programmes co-ordinator for Llysfasi.
Her role will be to encourage students from overseas to come and study at the college, providing them with extensive tuition in English and IT.
Pupils will also have a chance to pick up some Welsh phrases, with visits to social and cultural places of interest and opportunities to participate in leisure activities in the community.
The residential facilities at Llysfasi allow the students to stay on site, giving them what Elaine describes as 'a complete package, immersing the students in the Welsh culture, in a rural environment'.
As a graduate of a Combined Languages course, Elaine is well qualified for the job and also has extensive experience of European education systems. She understands the needs of the foreign student, after spending a number of years in the Czech Republic as head of English at an adult education centre.
'I am really looking forward to increasing the numbers and diversity of the students from abroad who study at Llysfasi,' she said.
'It is an excellent opportunity for them to see first-hand the culture within Wales and immerse themselves in the English language - and of course learn how to say a few words in Welsh!
'I am looking forward to this new challenge and to introducing new students from abroad to the famous warm Welsh welcome.'