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New English Language Centre to be launched at Tweed Heads


Zuleika Henderson
7 September 2010
Southern Cross University will officially open a new English Language Centre this Thursday, September 9 at 1.30pm at SCU Riverside, Brett Street, Tweed Heads.

The English Language Centre, which will be launched by Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee, is the third of its kind with Southern Cross University also running similar centres at its Coffs Harbour and Lismore campuses.

The launch of the new Centre will coincide with festivities for Southern Cross University’s annual Fusion Festival, which will celebrate cultural diversity at the University and in the wider community with a food festival and photographic competition.

Director of the International Office at Southern Cross University Jo Asquith said the English Language Centre, which comprises five classrooms and computer lab access, was already home to more than 30 international students.

“The new English Language Centre caters for study tours and students who come to Australia purely to study English, as well as students who are improving their language skills in preparation for under graduate and post graduate study,” said Ms Asquith.

“The students will be studying at the Centre for anywhere between two and 50 weeks, and they’ll all be living with local families in the Tweed Heads and Gold Coast area which will immerse them in the language as well as the culture of Australia.

“We’re excited about bringing the English Language Centre to Tweed Heads - and we’re also hoping to open the Centre up to the community with language classes such as French, Japanese and German on offer to the general public.”

Media are invited to attend as Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University Professor Peter Lee officially launches the new English Language Centre at 1.30pm this Thursday, September 9 at Southern Cross University in Brett Street, Tweed Heads. International students and staff from Southern Cross University will be available for interview and photos as they participate in the launch and the Fusion festival including a Tahitian surf culture stall and an international food festival with dishes from Holland, China, France and many more.

Photo: Southern Cross University international students get ready for the launch of the new English Language Centre and Fusion festival celebrations next week (L-R): Ehsan Shahedi from Iran, Deepti Chacko Cholavanakuzhy from Kuwait and Luo Guiheng from China (alternative high resolution images available on request)