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Languages expert shares secrets of success

21 April 2006 – for immediate use

Have you ever thought about how becoming multilingual could benefit you? Modern languages expert and successful entrepreneur, Amanda Collins, will be visiting Aston University next month to provide the answers in an enlightening talk on the economic and personal benefits of being able to speak foreign languages.

The event entitled 'Much ado about foreign languages – a look at contemporary issues surrounding the acquisition of language skills' will take place in the University's Warwick Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 10 May at 5.30pm. It will also be followed by a buffet in Aston's Caf� Bar.

Amanda said: ‘I will examine contemporary issues surrounding the acquisition of language skills – including the optimum age and methodology for introducing children to foreign languages – and also investigate the personal as well as economic benefits of becoming multilingual’.

Amanda is certainly no stranger to the University, graduating from Aston in 1989 with a BSc in Modern Languages French. She has since gained invaluable experience working abroad, including working as a Business Language Trainer and Consultant in France for six years. Amanda is now the Director of her own specialist and successful company, Language Solutions, which she set up in 1999 and is also an Export Communications Consultant for the Chamber of Commerce.

Based in Cheltenham, Language Solutions is a unique company which provides language tuition to very young children. Marketing under the brands of ‘Fun French’ and ‘Fun Spanish’ a team of between eight to ten tutors deliver her French and Spanish course to around 600 children.

Amanda is bilingual and can speak fluent English and French and also has a good working knowledge of German.

The closing date for ticket applications is 5 May 2006. Tickets are free of charge, however there are limited number available (maximum of 60).

To request a ticket please contact Susan Anson, s.c.anson@aston.ac.uk.

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