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Local schools celebrate UN Chinese Language Day with UCLan

29 April 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University hosts cultural event for pupils

Local school children have joined the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate UN Chinese Language Day with a host of events including Kung Fu training, Mandarin lessons, paper cutting and Chinese calligraphy.

Almost 70 secondary school children from All Hallows Catholic High School in Penwortham, Garstang Community Academy and Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood joined UCLan’s Confucius Institute to learn about Chinese culture and language.

The pupils wrote Chinese calligraphy, took a Mandarin taster lesson and tried their hands at Tai Chi and martial arts.

Alicia Halsall, a 13-year-old pupil at All Hallows Catholic High School, commented: “It’s been fun practising Mandarin and learning about the many dialects the Chinese language has. I think Mandarin is an important language to learn because it’s likely to be really useful in the future when it comes to getting a job.”

“People will need foreign language skills more than ever in the future and we want to enthuse and inspire children to enjoy learning about new languages and cultures.”

All Hallows language teacher Linda Swayne said: “The school has worked with UCLan’s Confucius Institute on a number of projects and we recently took a group of 40 pupils to China to immerse them in the country’s language and culture. Events such as this are a fun way of widening the children’s global perspectives.”

The event was organised as part of the UCLan Chinese Language and Culture festival which runs until the 11 May with 25 free events designed to share the many aspects of Chinese culture with local people.

“The event was a great way to celebrate UN Chinese Language Day and introduce the children to China’s language and traditions in an informative and enjoyable way.”

Mike Akers, Assistant Head of Cardinal Allen Catholic High School, said: “As a school we are very interested in Chinese language and culture and today’s event has provided a great introduction for the pupils. People will need foreign language skills more than ever in the future and we want to enthuse and inspire children to enjoy learning about new languages and cultures.”

Feixia Yu, Director of UCLan’s Confucius Institute, said: “The event was a great way to celebrate UN Chinese Language Day and introduce the children to China’s language and traditions in an informative and enjoyable way.”