Pupils at St. Mary’s have been using language lessons to help to promote Liverpool City Region to tourists from Spain. As part of their Spanish course work the Year 9 students created leaflets and brochures in Castilian which put the spotlight on many of Merseyside's top attractions. Thanks to football, ‘Los Beatles’ and almost 20 scheduled flights from Spanish cities to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, many thousands of Spaniards visit Liverpool City Region every year.
They also discussed the career possibilities of the tourism sector with staff, and the benefits of foreign language skills in this and other industries.
St. Mary’s Spanish teacher Ann Nichols was so pleased with her pupils’ efforts that she contacted tourist authority Visit Liverpool to tell them about it. Staff at the organisation were also impressed by the high standard of the work, and immediately invited the students to visit their Albert Dock tourist office where the leaflets were put on display. During their visit pupils learned about the services that the authority provides to tourists from all over Europe and beyond.
Ann Nichols commented, “The students produced this literature in class as part of project work on the topic of holidays and tourism, and both the tourism professionals and I were really impressed with the results. Visiting the tourism office and talking to staff really brought the subject of the topic to life, and the icing on the cake was to discover that their leaflets are being snapped up by eager Spanish tourists.”