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Some of the youth who took part in the ‘Language Trip’ programme.
DOHA: Doha Youth Centre recently organised its eighth Language Trip for over 60 students, to Britain and Canada under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and sponsored by ConocoPhillips, in Qatar.
Students aged 13-18 participated in this year’s expedition, in addition to a number of chaperons and administrators.
The ‘Language Trip Programme’ aims at providing students with English-immersion courses and field practice in Anglo-Saxon countries, to enhance their linguistic abilities.
The programme also includes technical and special skills’ development programme to develop the students’ abilities in a conservative environment.
The programme also teaches students independence and promotes useful education that combines fun and knowledge. Participants in this year’s trip were divided into two groups, where each group then travelled to Britain and Canada, based on their age.
Dr Khalid Alkhanji, Chairman of Doha Youth Center said: “The participants studied at these institutes for 20 hours a week. The programme noticeably improved their ability to communicate with British people in English; and the mentors and supervisors took this opportunity to organise leadership and educational courses as well.”
Gary Sykes, ConocoPhillips’ Qatar President, said, “We are very happy that our sponsorship of the Doha Youth Center’s annual language trips has enabled tens of students to perfect their language abilities and acquire a taste of the English language in two of its natural habitats, the UK and Canada.”
Abdulaziz Ali Fakhroo, 14 years, Omar Bin Al Khatab Preparatory School stated in comment on the British segment of the trip: “It was extremely interesting to visit Britain, the mother country for the English language, and to immerse one’s self in the history of the Anglo-Saxon linguistic tradition.”
The second part of the summer programme included a two weeks trip to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Some 32 youth participated in the trip, during which they gained additional self-confidence and self-reliance in their English practice. The Peninsula