School day gets an international twist

6 November 2023

Four high schools attended UCLan’s Day of Languages

Teenagers from across the region had a cultural school day with a difference thanks to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Day of Languages.

Year 9, 10 and 11 students from four high schools took part in a range of internationally themed activities to highlight the benefits of travelling abroad and learning other languages.

The youngsters from Shuttleworth College, Padiham; Wellfield Academy, Leyland; Sir John Thursby Community College, Burnley; and Greenbank High School Southport had the opportunity to try on Korean clothing and play a popular Korean throwing game.

The hands-on fun continued with calligraphy, attempting to write words in different alphabets and painting international scenes.

They also heard inspirational stories from current UCLan students who have taken the opportunity, as part of their academic studies, to travel abroad and soak up another culture.

"“It was really interesting hearing about the experiences the students had when going abroad as part of the education"

Ruhman Khan, a Year 10 pupils from Sir John Thursby Community College

Ruhman Khan, a Year 10 pupils from Sir John Thursby Community College, said: “It was really interesting hearing about the experiences the students had when going abroad as part of the education. They’d travelled to lots of different countries so it was good to be able to ask questions about what it was like and they explained how different some countries are to ours.”

Year 10 pupil Ellen Glynn, from Greenbank High School, is studying Spanish at GCSE level but was interested to know what other languages were available to study at UCLan.

She said: “It was really interesting seeing how many different languages are spoken around the world and how many you can learn at university.”

Melanie Howell, a Year 9 student from Shuttleworth College added: “I really enjoyed trying lots of the hands-on language activities as it was a really fun way of learning about so many different languages.”

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A gild trying on a Korean dress