On Monday 9th February 2009, 80 youngsters from local schools with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin will take part in a 'Celebrating China' day at Aston University’s Lakeside Conference Centre.
The event is part of the West Midlands Routes into Languages Consortium activities. This Programme is funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The West Midlands Regional Consortium is led by Aston in collaboration with the universities of Birmingham, Coventry, Keele, Warwick and Wolverhampton. They will deliver a three-year programme of activities aimed at encouraging young people to study languages and increase the take-up of languages from school to university.
Aston’s visiting Year 8 pupils will take part in a series of 'hands-on' workshops looking at Chinese language, culture, traditions and arts. They will also experience a practical Tai Chi session led by professional instructor Mark Peters, who is Head of the West Midlands based Kai Ming Association.
The event is funded by the Routes into Languages West Midlands Consortium and will be the first in a series of themed cultural events led by Aston University this year.
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Notes for editors:
• The event will run between 10.30am and 3.00pm and a full programme is available on request. Picture opportunities are available throughout the day, for further information please contact the Press Office.