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Annalisa’s photoshoot, image credit Blue Noun, 2019

Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun Language Hub in Crieff, Scotland. Today we’re going to talk about when our English language school created a professional English immersion experience by matching our fashion model language learner with local press.

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The Amazing Annalisa

We’ve been teaching Annalisa (Italy) both Professional and General English over the last 3 weeks. It came up in conversation quite quickly that she was both searching for work in the UK and had worked part-time as a model in Italy (the latter was not a surprise – she’s beautiful!).
 
As part of her English class, we’ve been working on her CV and cover letter for job applications,  as well as coaching her in English for job interviews.
 
Another thing that was quickly clear to us is that Annalisa has a great sense of adventure, she’s keen to maximise her time in Scotland and has a lovely laid back curiosity for trying new things.

We thought it could be useful to send out an advert across our Social Media to see if any local business would like use her as a model in a photoshoot.
  
In fact, it was a bit of a ploy to get the word out to as many people as we could that she was searching for work here in Scotland (and fast) – but we thought it could lead to some fun, professional English immersion experiences too.
 
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Our advert for Social Media, image credit Blue Noun, 2019

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We also invited Annalisa to a Women’s Enterprise Networking Event organised by GrowBiz.

GrowBiz are a non-profit team of business advisers who bring skills, training and advice to any local business which requests it.

One of their specific challenges is to link together independent businesses within Perth and Kinross, helping them best form alliances with each other to help overcome the challenges of operating in rural areas and/or in isolation.
 
It was the perfect opportunity for Annalisa to put her English skills into practice, by making a short, introductory presentation to the local business community.
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Claire Mullan presenting at Growbiz Women’s Enterprise Networking Event

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We also directly emailed The Perthshire Magazine with our advert. They were a natural first choice due to their stunning photography and local features.

They quickly let us know that they had recently been contacted by a freelance photographer, Hayley Smith, and would Annalisa and Hayley like to collaborate on a project?

Hayley and Annalisa arranged to meet for a photoshoot at Crieff’s stunning Knock– the wooded hill which rises sharply behind Crieff and provides splendid and extensive views across Crieff and Strathearn.

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View over Crieff, from the shoulder slope of the Knock. Photo Credit Blue Noun
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Strike a pose

As we climbed the hill, Hayley selected different locations for shots and Annalisa slipped easily into professional model mode while Anna (France) and I watched the show.
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Annalisa’s photoshoot with Hayley Smith, Photo credit Blue Noun.

Strike a pose

We may have surprised a few walkers on our journey up the hill. At the top, the views were magnificent: a beautiful, snowy backdrop for a stunning girl.
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Annalisa’s photoshoot with Hayley Smith, Photo credit Blue Noun.

Then there was time for a chat and a bit of kite flying! 

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Annalisa’s photoshoot with Hayley Smith, Photo credit Blue Noun.

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Relaxing after the photoshoot. Photo credit Blue Noun

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Ruth, Anna, Annalisa and Hayley. Photo credit Hayley Smith (with a filter effect over the original).

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We can’t wait to see Hayley’s professional photos in The Perthshire Magazine. We’ll keep you posted when they come out!
 
 
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More on Knock Hill, Crieff

We love a trip up the Knock, it’s a short, steep climb up, but the views are breathtaking. It is almost one year since we made this film of daffodils at the top of the hill (around Easter time).

After enjoying this first touch of sunshine melting the lingering snow, surely Spring is on its way!
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swift in flight Logie Kirk by Blue Noun English language school

At Blue Noun we love chatting about all things art and celebrate having excellent, talented people all around us to do it with. We facilitate real cultural and creative exchanges happening, whether it’s in our language learning space – the Blue Noun Hub – or out and about visiting studios and workshops.

We also love showing off the beauty of Perthshire and the food and craft produce that is making it world-famous. Our whisky tastings are legendary!

Our business is also intended to be of benefit to the artist/maker economy of Perthshire. We bring our international creative guests into studios for a genuine exchange of cultures and art-making. Yes it’s an English lesson, but it is so much more!  (Plus we pay all our artists and guest speakers for their time)

Come and join us for an English language learning holiday and grab a taste of Perthshire! 

Find out more about Growbiz here.
Find out more about the Perthshire Magazine here.

 

 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed us sharing our English language learner Annalisa’s bespoke professional English immersion experience. It’s what we do! We match our Engish language learners with professionals to speak to, collaborate with and exchange ideas with. Like this style of English language learning? You might enjoy reading about 

 

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Your English Language Challenge

 It was a treat being out with two professionals on a photoshoot – seeing Analisa moving and posing according to Hayley’s instructions made me think about how I am in front of a camera. 

How do feel about getting your photograph taken? 

 

English Language Tip

If someone asks you how you feel about something, it’s to illicit your opinion. You don’t use the words ‘feel about’ in the answer’, you just jump straight into giving your views or feelings. 

As usual, if you want us to correct any sentences, just write CP (correct please at the end of your comment).

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