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Godiva sees red for luck; CITY TOUR: Chinese teachers on university course learn about cathedral.

Byline: By Barbara Goulden

A DELEGATION of Chinese teachers has been given a tour of Coventry by modern-day Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta.

Pru - now in her 25th year as the city's bestknown tourist guide - donned a bright red cloak to greet two parties of visitors from Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province.

She explained: "I've chosen this particular cloakbecause red is a lucky colour in China and will make everyone feel welcome in Coventry as we tour the cathedral, St Mary's Guildhall and do a bit of shopping."

Mandy Wanhongping and Lisa Louomin are among 40 teachers on a nearly three months-long course at the Centre for English Language Teacher Education at Warwick University.

Mandy, who teaches in a primary school, said: "We have already visited Balsall Common Primary School and Etone Community School and Technology College in Nuneaton.

"The classes are smaller than in Shenzhen. The teachers can also use the library and have a range of texts to choose from for lessons."

The teachers also joined Margaret Tse, spokeswoman for the Coventry and Warwickshire Chinese Community, for tea at the My China restaurant in Priory Place.

Mrs Tse said: "It is good for them to see that second or third generation families are still able to keep their Chinese identity."

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Date:Oct 26, 2007
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