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Emily Phipps: An Inspirational Educator and Linguist

June 23, 2010

Emily Phipps Building: Neil Harris, Suliman Al Harbi, Kevin Child.

Swansea University’s English Language Training Services (ELTS) hosted an end of year graduation ceremony for staff and students on Friday 18th June 2010. The event, which recognised the success of the thirty-strong ELTS team in attracting more than 250 international students each year to study in Swansea, celebrated the personal successes of those students who have improved their English language skills in order to start an academic course in the autumn.

Kevin Child, Head of English Language Training Services (ELTS) at Swansea University, said: “Due to the ongoing success of the English language programmes at Swansea University, the English Language Training Services (ELTS) team has recently relocated to the Emily Phipps Building at Hendrefoelan Student Village.

“The new facilities have been inspected by the British Council – the UK’s international cultural relations body and the quality assurance organisation for the English teaching world – and, as a result, ELTS has been recognised as a leading provider of English language teaching.”  The re-furbished Emily Phipps Building, which is set in beautiful woodland at Hendrefoelan Student Village, is just ten minutes away from the library, computing, sporting and entertainment facilities located at the Singleton Park Campus. The international students recognise the benefits of the new location and, in particular, they appreciate the greater sense of community.

Suliman Al Harbi, an ELTS student from Saudi Arabia, was motivated by the move to discover the life story of Emily Phipps, whose name graces the building. Staff from Swansea University’s South Wales Miners’ Library, Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) and English Language Training Services (ELTS) helped Suliman to research the life and career of Emily Phipps – a suffragette and amateur linguist who worked as a Headmistress in Swansea between 1895 and 1925.

After successfully completing his English studies, the Swansea student decided to present a display board, highlighting the Emily Phipps life story and legacy, to Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Full story at: Swansea University Latest News

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