“I started watching Chinese TV shows, it’s a fascinating language”
“It’s one of the most important languages in the world, but most people turn a blind eye to it,” says Dundalk student Eleanor McGuinness, who scored exceptionally well on the official international language-learning test Chinese, after discovering an unexpected interest in the language. .
leanor, who is studying digital marketing and public relations at DkIT, scored fantastically on an intermediate level of the official international Chinese language test, known as the HSK exam. Eleanor started learning Mandarin Chinese in her freshman year at DkIT and continued throughout her studies, scoring a phenomenal 93% in the reading and listening section of the exam.
Eleanor McGuinness, a student at DkIT, said: ‘I decided to try a Chinese course at university and was immediately hooked. I started watching Chinese TV shows, taking Chinese homework classes, and writing to a Chinese pen pal regularly. It is a fascinating language and I would like students to be more receptive to it. It’s one of the biggest languages in the world, but so many people here turn a blind eye to it.
Congratulating Eleanor on her success, John Sisk, Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Program Director for Marketing Studies at DkIT, added that he “would like to see all students studying Marketing and Public Relations at the Institute benefit opportunity to learn a language, be it Chinese. or one of the others offered. Learning a new language opens up a whole new world of opportunities for your career or from a travel perspective.
He added: “Mandarin has been offered as an elective module at DkIT Business School for almost 10 years now, along with the French, Spanish and German languages. It is designed for absolute beginners; No prior experience is required. The course is not only focused on Chinese language but also on Chinese culture. The number of students taking elective Chinese courses is small but stable. It is understandable that most students prefer European languages to stay in their comfort zone. However, the small class size provides a safe and comfortable language learning environment, allowing students to interact more and progress well.”
Course students are introduced to working with native Chinese speakers for cultural projects and improving their listening and speaking skills.
They also have the option of studying in China for weeks or taking a course on a stock exchange.