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Kölle, Alaaf! Auf geht’s zum Karneval!

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:

  • explore with us the traditions of Kölner Karneval
  • get to know some of the places and the food people eat at Karneval
  • investigate the role of political satire in the festivities

The event will challenge pupils in Year 8 to

  • use their German language skills
  • use their teamwork and presentation skills
  • use their creativity and crafts skills to come up with a costume (before the event so they can wear it on the day) and a decorated truck for our Karneval parade

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 8 who have an interest in studying German or who may need just a little push to encourage them to choose it at GCSE! 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 Friday 9 February 2024 10-3.30pm on central campus at The University of Warwick. We have space for 5 schools to attend, with each bringing 10 Year 8 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 16 January 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 19 January.