China Days put the focus on language and culture

Published: 9 July 2010 at 11:45

Invited public and Aim Higher Schools participate in two days of Far Eastern activities

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Two days of activities set up by Routes into Languages (East) will give the general public and groups of UK school children the chance to broaden their international horizons as they embrace the culture and majesty of the Far East.

A Language and Culture Evening on 15 July at Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road campus for people    from Cambridge and beyond who would like to experience some of the flavours and folklore of China (tickets available on 01223 352932) will be followed by China Day on 16 July, a day for AimHigher students interested in learning more about languages and culture.  The aim of the day will be to enthuse them and give them a taster in foreign language skills in readiness to take them through school and into everyday living and working environments.

These activities are part of Heart of the World Celebrations, the Cambridge's city-wide World Music and Culture Festival, organised by Cambridge City Council - Arts & Entertainments which stages a diverse range of events, from large scale musical concerts at venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange and Cambridge Junction to dance workshops, art exhibitions, talks, films, children's events, and theatre performances. The event is also regularly covered in the national press giving a good profile to the city as a place that celebrates diversity.

The school event will feature interactive demonstrations and presentations covering calligraphy, Chinese Papercraft, Chinese Martial Arts, Taster Chinese & Thinking Skills, and Chinese Folk Dancing. 

Led by Anglia Ruskin University in partnership with the University of Cambridge, The Open University and University of Bedfordshire, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages (East) project is to increase the take up of languages and promote more positive attitudes towards them, and to encourage the transition of language learning from schools to universities. 

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (£4.5million) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (£3.5 million) the programme has established ten regional consortia where groups of universities work together, with schools and colleges, to enthuse and encourage people to study languages.

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