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The Worldwise Learning Centre celebrates fifth anniversary

25 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Local school joins in milestone celebration.

The Worldwise Learning Centre, part of the School of Language, Literature and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has marked its fifth anniversary and was joined by over forty Lytham St Anne’s High School students to celebrate.

The centre, which aims to champion language and cultural learning across Preston, Lancashire and beyond, has welcomed over one thousand young people through its doors since it opened in May 2009.

Isabel Donnelly, Dean of the School of Language, Literature and International Studies, said, “The impact our centre has had on young students has surpassed our original expectations, and we will continue in our efforts to ensure all young people in Lancashire understand the importance, benefit and enjoyment that can be gained from learning a language.”

"The impact our centre has had on young students has surpassed our expectations, and we will continue in our efforts to ensure all young people in Lancashire understand the importance, benefit and enjoyment that can be gained from learning a language."

Students across the county are invited by the centre to take part in unique language learning events throughout the year. This includes a variety of activities such as a simulated interpreting conference held in the specialised interpreting and translation suite, practising with the world-leading language learning software Rosetta Stone and learning Chinese Calligraphy delivered by a native tutor.

Lytham St Anne’s high school student, Phoebe Turley, 13, said she found her visit to UCLan particularly enjoyable adding: “I can now write in Chinese calligraphy and I have also learnt a little Arabic which I might continue with in the future.”

Student Lauren Deveney, 14, said: “I learned many facts about different countries and new Italian phrases.”