Polish marshal Marek Sowa – the Polish equivalent to a UK mayor – has spent three weeks at Nottingham Language Academy on an intensive course to improve his English.

As the Marshal of the Malopolska region of Poland, based in Krakow, he wanted to increase his knowledge of English and be able to communicate more fluently in the language.

So he opted to join classes at Nottingham Language Academy to help him deal more effectively with his role, which currently involves dealing with EU funding, investment and regional development and strategy.

“English is very important for my job,” said Marek. “I take part in meetings with other European regions and countries and I started learning English three years ago. Then I decided to come to England for a three-week intensive course.”

Marek stayed with a Woodthorpe family, and had six hours of lessons every day at Nottingham Language School.

“I found the lessons very interesting,” he said. “My English has improved and I had a good time. I was very happy with it and the teachers were good.”

He hopes the course will help him in his role as marshal.

“I’m involved in regional politics and development,” explained Marek. “Last year there was a lot of flooding in the region and we are now dealing with the damage. I also deal with EU funding, investment and regional development and strategy.”

Nottingham Language Academy, which is based in The Ropewalk, was recommended to Marek by a friend who owns a language school in Poland and who was taught English by one of the teachers at the academy.

“We were very pleased to have Marek as a student,” said Linda Walker, who is a Business Language Champion in the East Midlands and who launched the Nottingham Language Academy in September last year.

“He was a model pupil and it’s extremely satisfying for us, as well as for him, that his English has improved so much during the three weeks he spent with us.”

The school, which offers tuition to individuals and businesses, teaches English as a foreign language, alongside the modern languages of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Greek and Mandarin.

Classes are run during the day, evenings and at weekends, and are designed for people who want to improve their job prospects, travel and see the world, live and work abroad, gain a place at university or learn something new for the fun of it.

The modern foreign languages courses are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which now forms the basis of language teaching and learning in most European Union countries.

Nottingham Language Academy is based at 8 The Ropewalk, Nottingham. For more information visit www.nottinghamlanguageacademy.co.uk or call 0330 333 6192.

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