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Local schools celebrate European Day of Languages with UCLan

25 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Region’s schoolchildren discover cultures from around the globe

Pupils from across the region have visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate the European Day of Languages and learn about cultures from around the globe.

Years 10 and 11 schoolchildren and sixth form college students from Lancashire and Greater Manchester marked the annual event by trying new foreign languages and sampling dishes from around the world cooked by UCLan’s international students from a variety of countries including China, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Japan.

The visitors were given taster sessions in several languages and learned about UCLan’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course. They also had the opportunity to meet current UK UCLan students who have spent time abroad as part of their degree and shared their experiences with the pupils.

"I’ve enjoyed discovering the interesting traditions practised by different cultures and sampling the food cooked by the international students; particularly the French crepes."

Georgina Bentley, 15, from Oakhill College in Whalley commented: “I’ve enjoyed discovering the interesting traditions practised by different cultures and sampling the food cooked by the international students; particularly the French crepes.”

Kayley Williams, a 13-year-old pupil from Hodgson Academy in Poulton Le Fylde, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the Greek and Italian language taster sessions and would definitely consider studying a foreign language after I’ve finished school.”

Senior Lecturer from the School of Literature, Languages and International Studies, Silke Engelbart, organised the celebration. She commented: “This annual event has once again proved to be a success and we’ve received positive feedback from the schools that have taken part. It encourages young people to engage with other cultures and opens their eyes to the many possibilities that learning another language can bring.”