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  • Charles Stanford
    Hi listmates, I am afraid that is a bit of a shot in the dark, but two requests for you. Firstly: I have a 40 year-old Czech friend with poor English (but a UK
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      Hi listmates,

      I am afraid that is a bit of a shot in the dark, but two requests for you.



      Firstly:

      I have a 40 year-old Czech friend with poor English (but a UK passport
      through his mum) who is looking to work in Canada or Australia ideally, or
      somewhere English-speaking, to get his language skills up and running. He
      is a builder/floorer and is a lovely burly personable chap. We have been
      having real problems trying to work out how to get him something because he
      is over the age when you can just go and work there on a student visa or
      whatever it is. What I am hoping is that someone might know of something -
      could be in any English-speaking country really - because with his English
      skills not being very good at the moment, he is going to be very reliant on
      Czech-speakers at first for accommodation and getting himself a job. Maybe
      there is a Czech-run company out there crying out for a middle-aged
      floorer... - you never know. Any advice or point of contact would be
      welcome - we have tried the various embassies, but it is quota-based and
      you have to be a nuclear physicist or something once you are over a certain
      age and the whole thing is so complicated that it gives me a headache just
      trying to make head or tail of it.



      Secondly:

      My girlfriend teaches Danish to a languages wizz-kid - about 14-15
      years-old - who studies at the school she works at. He is frighteningly
      good at English/German/Spanish and (especially) Danish and is finding the
      school very limiting (we live in the sticks a bit and the language level is
      not up to much at the school and he needs to be stretched). He comes from a
      very poor family and so cannot go to an international school or anything
      and they are thinking of applying for an EU grant to see if he can study
      abroad for a year under the Comenius programme. In the meantime though (in
      case he cannot get on Comenius or the costs are prohibitive) his parents
      are trying to find out if there is a good Gymnazium (in Prague or the
      surrounding area) specialising in foreign languages. I thought that maybe
      since you are all linguists, someone might have a good tip...



      Please contact me off-list if you can point us in the right direction.

      Many thanks.

      Charlie


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