materials developed at the University of Wolverhampton to help
people involved in buying property abroad have been praised by the
country’s leading estate agent.
The GET REAL Lingua project has created language DVDs and course
materials in English, Spanish and Bulgarian for estate agents or
homebuyers, as well as a tri-lingual electronic dictionary of 1500
The project has received the backing of the Chief Executive of
the UK’s National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), Peter
Bolton-King, who praised the work of the project when he attended
the launch of the scheme at Wolverhampton Science Park.
The European Union-funded project was coordinated by Mike
Townsend, Associate Dean in the School of Humanities, Languages and
Social Sciences. He led a partnership of three universities and
three national estate agent associations in Spain, Bulgaria and the
UK to create language teaching materials specifically for estate
agents and property transactions.
Gill Outterside, who wrote the English materials, demonstrated
how she had created the course from the videos of estate agents at
Mike Townsend said: “Mr Bolton-King was very enthusiastic about
the collaboration between the University and his profession, and
the contribution the language materials made to NAEA’s efforts to
improve training and qualifications amongst estate agents.”
Jane Nelson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of
Wolverhampton, and Desislava Naydenova, the Cultural Attaché from
the Bulgarian Embassy, also spoke at the event.
Ms Naydenova said both Bulgarian estate agents and
English-speaking homebuyers could use the courses to learn the
language necessary to conduct property transactions in her country,
and they allowed British homeowners to integrate more easily into
their adopted communities abroad.
The Get Real Lingua DVDs and course materials in Spanish,
English or Bulgarian will now be sold to the public and estate
agents throughout Europe.
The European Union promotes Lifelong Learning and vocational
training for particular sectors of industry through its Leonardo da
For more information on the GET REAL Lingua project or the
language materials the consortium has produced, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture: Left to right are Jane Nelson,
Mike Townsend, Peter Bolton-King, Desislava Naydenova, and Gill
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Date Issued: Monday, 02 February 2009
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