Language and Global Studies students

The School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire has a dedicated team of lecturers to support you in schools and colleges in the North-West and beyond to enthuse your students to take up modern languages or deepen their subject knowledge in this area along with opportunities to develop cultural intelligence and intercultural communication skills.

We offer tailor made programmes of events or just single talks or events

Events and talks can be booked at any time during the school year, staff time permitting

Here are some of the talks we can offer:

  • Why study languages? A talk with staff and final year university students
  • Taster sessions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish,  Russian or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Lectures about history, culture or society from different countries around the world
  • Career talks
  • Languages quiz, hands on Chinese calligraphy and other games
  • Exploring Intercultural Communication

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Worldwise teaching class

Language students in class

Language student

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers events focussed on language and cultures to local and regional secondary schools, with the aim of increasing language and cultural awareness in young people, all done in a fun and interactive environment.

Pupils enjoy access to four exciting sessions in rotation – Interpreting and Translation, Rosetta Stone (the world-leading language learning software), the worldwise quiz (with prize winner!) and Chinese calligraphy.

To keep pupils on their toes, at each of the stations they will receive the information they need to complete an ongoing quiz.  Each station has a question and their listening skills will be tested!

The events will take place in various settings across the University and pupils will get to experience what it is like to be in a lecture theatre, which for some is a first.

During the 30-minute break, we visit the Students’ Union, which is the heart of our University.  Lots of exciting activities and events take place here and of course, a much-needed coffee, juice and biscuit break!

After the groups have completed the four stations, we get together for our Farewell and Prize Giving before we say goodbye and the winner of the Worldwise Quiz is announced.   After a final wrap up going through the answers to the quiz, the pupils can ask any questions before they depart.

Please note, there might be some variation to the structure of the Worldwise Skills Events.

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Each group is small enough for every pupil to have a go in an interpreting booth and get hands on experience of what it is like to be an interpreter in the real world.  Using the latest Brähler interpretation equipment, the pupils will be given a short audio recording to listen to in the language they are studying and provide an interpretation of what has just been said and continue interpreting until the recording has finished.

The teacher who is a practising Interpreter and Translator will give an overview of the profession and promote the benefits of language learning through exciting job opportunities available in this industry.

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Online language learning is an alternative way of acquiring a new language than a traditional classroom setting.  Computers, headphones and tablets are used during this session.

With 28 languages available, Rosetta Stone offers pupils a chance to try a new language they haven’t tried before.  They will be impressed with how quickly they learn the basics using the latest software.

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Often a favourite, the Chinese calligraphy session is very hands on.  We work with our Confucius Institute to deliver this session.  Pupils will learn how to write their name in Chinese using a traditional calligraphy brush, learn some basic Chinese greetings and count to 10.  Native Chinese speakers mostly deliver this session. 

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Using the latest IML software, the pupils are put to the test with some interesting ‘worldwise’ questions.  This is a fun session and can become quite competitive, as there can only be one overall winner for the whole group!

We have received some very positive feedback from past schools that have taken part in Worldwise Skills Events.  We are proud to be able to deliver these sessions to encourage language learning as an option at secondary school and to support pupils that want to take language learning further.

  • Who it is for: School pupils Years 8-12 (maximum 40 per event)
  • Timings:9:30-13:00. Duration: 3 ½ hours including 30 minute break for refreshments
  • Venue: Worldwise Learning Centre, 1st Floor, Adelphi Building, School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE
  • Fees: £5.00 per pupil
Time Activity Stations Location

Welcome and Introduction from the Worldwise Team

Pupils will be split into four groups and will rotate around simultaneously run activities at the following four ‘event stations’. They will also be given a brief questionnaire related to the event activities. A 30 minute mid-morning break with refreshments will be included in the event.  

International Conference Suite

35 mins

Station 1

Interpreting Skills - using the booths for simultaneous interpreting practice with a professional interpreter

International Conference Suite

35 mins

Station 2

Rosetta Stone - an opportunity to try out a world-leading language learning software in 18 languages

International Communication Room
11:00-11:30 30 Minute Break The Atrium, Students' Union

35 mins

Station 3

Chinese Calligraphy - learning about the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and writing characters with traditional brushes and inks

Worldwise Open Area
35 Mins

Station 4

Interactive Worldwise Quiz (with IML handsets) - how much do you know about world languages and cultures? The winner receives a prize!

Worldwise Conference Area
12:40-13:00 Close – Checking the answers to the event questionnaire and providing feedback. Quiz prize winners announced. International Conference Suite



"Every year at Christ the King I take a group of Year 9 students to UCLAN for the Worldwise event where we learn how we can apply our language skills outside of the classroom. We have tried Chinese calligraphy, a quiz, have begun learning a new language using the Rosetta Stone software and even tried our hand at Interpreting in the Interpreting suite. The staff are really friendly and welcoming and the students thoroughly enjoy the day every year. I feel it has a positive impact on the numbers of students opting to study languages at GCSE but more importantly, it further ignites their enthusiasm for language learning."

Mrs S Mayor
Christ the King

"On Wednesday 16/5/18 , 39 pupils from Year 9 and Year 10 at Longridge High School, along with 3 teachers, attended a language learning day at UCLan. We attended a World Wise event arranged by the university. Pupils were involved in 4 activities, each lasting about 45 minutes: Chinese Calligraphy, Interpreting, a World Wise Quiz and Rosetta Stone Interactive Language Learning. The pupils enjoyed the day and returned to school enthused by their language learning experience and wanting more. A thoroughly wonderful day was had by all involved.

On behalf of the pupils, thank you UCLan for such an informative, well planned and enjoyable day!"


Gerard Connell
Longridge High School

The UCLan Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban. The focus is on providing learners with a unique taste of Chinese culture and valuable opportunities to learn Mandarin Chinese.  Eastern traditions can be experienced in an informative and enjoyable way. There is a team of Chinese teachers available to encourage local school children to try something different. 

Primary and Secondary schools can book China Activity Days (Full Day or Half a Day programmes). These can be tailor made to the needs of the individual school. Regular 10 week language courses in school or after-school clubs are also an option for youngsters to develop their Mandarin skills. Similarly, specialist Tai Chi or Dance sessions can run in blocks of 6 – 10 weeks.

Examples of authentic Chinese activities available include the following:

  • Chinese Language Taster
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Brush Painting
  • Paper Cutting, Paper Folding
  • Chinese Paper Lantern Making
  • Tai Chi – Traditional Martial Art

  • Chinese Dance
  • Chinese Wooden Puzzles
  • Chinese Songs, Chinese Stories
  • Chinese Knots
  • Chinese Cooking
  • Chinese Festivals

In addition, the UCLan CI regularly puts on fascinating Chinese lectures which are open to the public. It supports UCLan academic conferences and holds courses or community events in libraries and museum spaces, such as Chinese calligraphy or Tai Chi and Chinese folk dance. Local businesses can also approach UCLan CI for Chinese business etiquette workshops and language tasters.  

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"What an amazing morning we had. The two Chinese teachers were absolutely fantastic and the children got so much out of the morning" - Paul Mearns, Year 5 Teacher, Poole House Community School, Ingol. CI China Activity morning

“She attends lots of activities with her children at the weekends and she thought the CI China Day event was the most informative and educational she had ever attended” - Quote from a parent provided by Louise at The Children's University.

Local schools celebrate language and culture at UCLan

More than 150 pupils from nine schools across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester gathered at the University for the annual European Day of Languages event.  They met international students from around the globe, learned about opportunities to study abroad and took part in taster sessions in language such as Arabic, Japanese and German.

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Taste of the East travels to East Lancashire

Burnley youngsters and their parents have been given a taste of the East thanks to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Confucius Institute. The first China Activity Day, held at UCLan Burnley Campus, saw children and their parents take part in a variety of colourful and hands-on activities.

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Confucius Institute team and school children

Thanks for coming today with Holly. Our pupils really enjoyed the session and I am sure it opened a few eyes and made them think! Please pass on our thanks once again to Holly who did an excellent job. We will be coming to the Worldwise event at UCLan in May which was thoroughly enjoyed by our year 9s last year. With best wishes and thanks,

Janet Dyson-Knight
Longridge High School

“A big thank you from myself and the 6th Form team for the support you gave to our Futures Day event last week.  The students were very enthusiastic about your session and really appreciate the time you gave to them. I do hope you may consider visiting us again in the future. Many thanks again.

Mrs J Littler
Sixth Form Student Services, Lymm High School

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Past Events



We will be holding our European Day of Languages celebrations on our Preston Campus and we would love you to join us. We will be showcasing our linguistic diversity and passion behind our language learning for all.

Please join us for culture talks, career options and tours of our campus and language facilities. At lunchtime, colourful displays from our international students can be viewed and visited allowing pupils to sample foreign foods whilst being greeted in a plethora of languages. All visitors will be served a complimentary packed lunch. During the afternoon, activities continue with engaging talks and multiple taster sessions hosted in a wealth of world languages. We particularly encourage attendances from Year 10 and 11 pupils, as this event is beneficial to GCSE students. We also welcome year 12 AS Language Students to this event.

Attendance is free and bookings are made on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand we can only offer each school/college 20 student places.

For further information about this event please email

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