The New Semester at Worldwise

_DSC4468Well, it’s September again and although we can barely believe it it’s time to start gearing up for the excitement, madness and all round exuberance of a new academic term. And what a term it promises to be! Firstly we have the enrolment for our Applied Languages Programme  taking place from 19 September. With a range of languages on offer, from Japanese to German, Korean to Catalan we have something to suit everyone. If you can’t commit to learning a language in a classroom-based environment you could always register for our Worldwise Language Advantage Programme, a self-study course using the world leading Rosetta Stone software. In addition to the languages offered on the Applied Languages Programme you can also choose from Dutch, Hindi, Swedish and Vietnamese – a veritable smörgåsbord of language loveliness.

After September comes October and with it the closing date for our Worldwise Photo Competition (18 October). If you have captured a stunning image from a holiday or trip abroad then we’d love to see it. If we like it enough, we might just include it in our calendar for 2014 and you can see some of last year’s winners below. Remember – we want a picture that tells us something about a country’s customs and culture, not just pretty scenery (nice as this can be!). Email your entries to worldwise@uclan.ac.uk

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Top: Zill Niazi, ‘Tent-Pegging, Pakistan’ Bottom: Emily Whalley, ‘Local Women Selling their Products, Vietnam’

After working hard being a master photographer why not relax at Preston’s 7th International Film Festival (21-28 October)? The programme for this year is almost finalised and we will be announcing the line-up shortly but we must say we’re very excited about what’s on offer this year. And here’s a hint – one of the films to be shown was made and shot in our very own city of Preston and it’s not just international but intergalactic!

From November Worldwise will once more be inviting local schoolchildren to come and explore the world of languages with our Skills Events for Schools Programme. Pupils will be able to try their hand at interpreting in our state of the art conference suite as well as testing out their flair for calligraphy with our Chinese tutors. They’ll also be given a chance to test their knowledge with our fiendishly difficult (some have said…) Worldwise quiz, with prizes on offer to the winners.

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For our lovely UCLan students we’ll be offering internships running until December (with more offered after Christmas). We’re currently looking for Language Assistants to facilitate weekly conversation classes and Student Advisors to work with Sofia and Ellie on the Helpdesk. All details can be found here.

Taking us up to December we have the Worldwise Insights series of lectures from our expert academics across the university. To whet your appetite for these informative talks, here’s a selection of what will be on offer: Mardi Gras – Performances and Masks; A Week in the Life of an Interpreter; The Experience of Japanese Sign Language.

And, last but not least, we have the Worldwise Christmas Party on 13 December where everyone can unwind with some mulled wine and mince pies and then get very stressed (if last year is anything to go by…) with traditional party games like musical chairs. We’ll also be decorating our Christmas tree and playing Secret Santa as well as sharing festive traditions from around the world.

There’s lots coming up at Worldwise this term and we can’t wait to get started! We really hope to see you at one of our events or at the Helpdesk for a chat. Keep your eyes on our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed for all the latest news and events. Have a great semester, everyone!

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