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Local schools mark European Day of Languages at UCLan

26 September 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University celebrates cultures from around the globe with region’s schoolchildren 

Pupils from across the North West have come to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate cultures from around the globe as part of the European Day of Languages.

Years 10 and 11 schoolchildren and sixth form college students from Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside marked the annual event by trying new foreign languages and sampling dishes cooked by UCLan’s international students from China, France, Germany, Japan, and the USA.

They were given taster sessions in several languages as well as finding out about UCLan’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course. UCLan students who have spent time studying abroad as part of their degree also shared their international experiences with the pupils.

“Each year we receive positive feedback from the schools who attend this annual event. It encourages young people to engage with other cultures and hopefully broadens their horizons.”

Olivia Hawkins, a 14-year-old pupil from Worden High School in Leyland, commented: “I’ve particularly enjoyed speaking to the UCLan students who have spent a year studying abroad which is something I’d be interested in. The Greek language taster lesson was great fun and I’m hoping I can put it into practise when I go on holiday.”

Head of Languages at Worden High School Scott Durrant said: “It’s good to teach foreign languages to pupils outside of the classroom environment and allow them to meet the University’s international students; hopefully it will open their eyes to the many possibilities that learning another language can bring.”

Senior Lecturer from the School of Literature, Languages and International Studies, Silke Engelbart, organised the celebration. She commented: “Each year we receive positive feedback from the schools who attend this annual event. It encourages young people to engage with other cultures and hopefully broadens their horizons.”