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Chinese Discovery Day

This event is part of the outreach and widening participation work delivered to local schools by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures through the Routes into Languages network. This event will allow pupils to:

  • learn the basics of Mandarin with some simple sentences
  • explore various aspects of Chinese culture through a series of themes
  • broaden their horizons with current SMLC Chinese learners’ experience in China from their year abroad

The event will challenge pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 to:

  • use their linguistic skills
  • use their teamwork and presentation skills
  • use their critical thinking skills to compare cultural differences

Our SMLC staff team will be supported by our wonderful team of SMLC student ambassadors.

Who is it for?

Local Coventry and Warwickshire schools and those who are part of our Routes into Languages network can apply to attend. We would recommend schools bring pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 who are studying a modern language, but not Mandarin as this event is suitable for beginners. It would also be an ideal enrichment opportunity for students on pupil premium registers. We will prioritise schools who meet our widening participation criteria (higher than average % of pupils on free school meals and/or school postcode in lower polar quintile area), otherwise allocation of places will be on a first come first served basis.


The event will take place on Thursday 23 May 2024 10-3pm on central campus at The University of Warwick. We have space for 4 schools to attend, with each bringing 10 Year 10 pupils.


There is no cost attached to the event, but schools must arrange their own transport to campus and pupils must bring a packed lunch. Further details will be provided once places have been allocated.

How do I sign up?

Please complete the details on the sign-up form by 23 April but we reserve the right to close submissions earlier if we reach capacity. Schools need to upload a letter from a member of your school’s senior leadership team which confirms that you have permission to bring pupils to the event. Please note that signing up does not guarantee a place but please only do so if you are committed to attending as we are expecting lots of interest! Schools who have a place will be notified by 30 April