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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Newcastle Festival of International Culture

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Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North East
Bedson Teaching Centre, Newcastle University

Our fantastic Festival of International Culture returns to Newcastle once more!


The Festival will comprise of all sorts of different activities to raise awareness of the need for language learning in the UK. We will focus on the fun, active and practical side to learning new languages and cultures.


The event will last for the full school day and take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, art and music.


The purpose of the day is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

2) To show the students the benefits and opportunities that language learning can offer.

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like


The Festival this year is open only to groups of Year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before 4th April. The number of students per group is limited to 15. Priority will be given to those schools who have not previously engaged with Routes into Languages events.


Each school group will have the opportunity to explore two completely new languages and take part in exciting cultural activities such as world music, dance and calligraphy with workshops provided by GemArts. They will have the chance to meet new people and discover the importance and joy of language learning in a university setting.


Please direct any queries to Project Manager Sophie Stewart at


9:15 - Arrivals/registration

9:40 - Plenary

10:30 - First group session

11:30 - Second group session

12:20- Lunch (not provided)

13:00 - Third group session

14:00 - Fourth group session

14:50 - Evaluations

15:00 - Departures