Quiz: All About Preston

All About Preston Quiz

Preston is a cultural, vibrant and friendly city in the ‘Heart of Lancashire’. Before arriving here you may want to take the following quiz to expand your knowledge on one of the North West’s best cities.  Or if you’ve been here for a while and want to find out more, here are 20 questions (with answers at the bottom) for you…

1) Now a much bigger and busier city, Preston began as a small village over 900 years ago. What was Preston originally called?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www.localhistories.org/preston.html

2) The population of Preston has increased massively over the years, especially since UCLan was established as a university in 1992. Preston has a population of around 115,000 people, but according to the UCLan website (http://www.uclan.ac.uk/visit/about_preston.php) how many of these people are students?

3) You may think that it rains all the time in the UK and while you should pack an umbrella or two, there are some days that the sun shines down on Preston. Take a look at the following charts about the weather in Preston (http://www.holiday-weather.com/preston/averages/). In which two months is it hottest? In which two months is it coldest? In which two months does it rain the most?

4) Preston is home to Preston North End Football Club who were the first English Football League Champions in 1889. What name is given to the Football Stadium the team play at, which is named after the area of Preston it is based in?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www.pnefc.net/club/deepdale/

5) The statue of a former Preston North End and England footballer, who scored 247 goals for his club and country, can be seen outside the stadium. The Sports Centre at UCLan is also named after him. Who is the former footballing hero?

Need help? Read the following articles: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/about_us/facilities/sir_tom_finney_sports_centre.php http://sirtomfinney.com/life-and-career/

6) Global football superstar David Beckham also played for Preston North End during a short loan spell from Manchester United in 1995. He only played five games but made an impact on the team by scoring how many goals?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/players/david-beckham/11414984/Revealed-David-Beckhams-400-a-week-contract-playing-for-Preston.html

7) Preston is home to numerous parks where you can relax with friends or family. Every year on Easter Monday, which event traditionally takes place in Avenham Park which is particularly popular amongst young children?

Need help? Read the following article: http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/preston-egg-rolling/

8) Preston is one of the greenest cities in the UK and has been awarded Green Flag status for being environmentally-friendly. The ‘Guild Wheel’ is a walking and cycling route which circles the city and links it to the countryside. How many miles long is the Guild Wheel?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=5989&pageid=34335

 

9) Many of our students like to visit London, the capital city, during their time in the UK. Go onto www.nationalrail.co.uk. You are travelling from Preston (Lancs) to London Euston. Go through the train times for a weekend. What is the shortest amount of time it would take you to get to London?

10) Edinburgh is another popular destination. What is the shortest amount of time it would take you to get to Edinburgh on a weekend?

11) The Harris Museum and Art Gallery stands as the city’s main cultural hub. Internationally renowned exhibitions take place there each year and can be viewed here: http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/current-exhibitions. Which is the only day of the week that the museum is not open to the public?

12) St George’s Shopping Centre is one of three shopping malls located in the town centre. Take a look at the St George’s Shopping Centre website: http://www.stgeorgespreston.co.uk/. Name three places where you would find something to eat or drink.

13) The creator of the popular British stop-motion animation series Wallace and Gromit was born in Preston. He has won four Oscars and five BAFTAs for his films but what is his name?

Need help? Check out his IMDB profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0661910/

14) What was once a port for trade in and out of the city, the Preston Docks are now a scenic area of Preston with shops, restaurants and a cinema. The area is also home to the old-fashioned Ribble Steam Railway track. View the attraction here: http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/. How much would it cost you to visit the museum, workshop and ride on the steam-train?

15) St Walburge’s Church is located near UCLan and has the biggest spire of any church in the UK (excluding cathedrals). How tall is the spire?

Need help? Check out a profile of the church here: http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=733

16) Lancashire is famous for its Northern cuisine and some of the traditional foods found in Lancashire can be viewed here: http://www.visitlancashire.com/food-and-drink/lancashire-recipes. One of the most famous food dishes is the Lancashire hot pot. What meat is traditionally used in the dish?

17) The Lake District is England’s largest National Park are is near to Preston (approximately 40 minutes away). Read some information about the Lake District here: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/learning/factsandfigures. What is the tallest mountain? What is the largest lake? In which year was the National Park established? How many tourists visit the Lake District each year?

18) Using Google Maps, https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Preston,+Lancashire/@53.7702561,-2.6971518,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x487b0ccb0b7b3c4d:0xd68703fb79b28721, you can see an overview of the city of Preston. Which river runs around the city?

19) Near the city centre, Winckley Square is home to Preston’s leading legal companies and has a garden space open to the public. The statue of which former British Prime Minister can be found in the Square?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2014/02/what-is-the-peel-monument-on-winckley-square-all-about/

20) The city of Preston occasionally comes together to celebrate the ‘Preston Guild’. Events, festivals and performances are staged to mark the occasion throughout the year. How often do the Guild celebrations take place? When will the next one be held?

Need help? Read the following article: http://www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/events/preston-guild/guild-history/

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS HERE

1) Priest’s Tun (Preston historically has followed Catholicism, while ‘Tun’ is an old-fashioned word for land).

2) 30,000

3) The weather is hottest in July and August, coldest in January and February, and it rains the most in October and December.

4) Deepdale Stadium

5) Sir Tom Finney

6) 2

7) Easter Egg Rolling

8) 21 miles (That’s equal to 34km!)

9) 2 hours and 15 minutes

10) 2 hours and 23 minutes

11) Sunday

12) Any three from: Krispy Kreme, M&S, Subway, Millie’s Cookies, Cuppa Caffe, Raffles, Café Fresch, Costa Coffee, Greggs, The Chinese Buffet

13) Nick Park

14) £6

15) 91.4 metres

16) Lamb

17) Scafell Pike (978 metres), Windermere Lake (14.8 square km), 1951, 15.5million visitors a year

18) The River Ribble (The river is 75 miles long and begins in Yorkshire flowing west through to Lancashire)

19) Sir Robert Peel

20) 20 years. The next Preston Guild will take place in 2032.

Training in test writing in China

Daniel Waller, Project Manager for the examinations, travelled to Taiyuan, Shanxi, to work with the British Council and deliver training in communicative English language testing for a group of editors for English Weekly. This publication has around 16,000,000 readers in China. The participants on the course learnt about the theoretical prinicples of communicative language testing and also carried out practical test-writing tasks. There was even a little time to go up Two Dragon Mountain! Daniel will be returning to China for stage 2 of the training in mid-May 2015.

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Bye Adam and Thank you…

It’s Adam’s last day, and we’d like to say ‘thank you’ for the huge part he has played in getting The Language Academy’s new website ready for release.

Adam, a UCLan graduate in TV Production, was appointed as our ‘Digital Content Writer: Graduate Intern’ just over 3 months ago and has worked hard ever since.  His mission was to coordinate the production of our new website…and he did it 🙂

We will be launching the site very, very soon – it’s just being proofread….

Many of you will have met Adam either in person, here in Preston, or online as he collected your stories and experiences of being here at The Language Academy.  We would also like to thank you for the time that you spent helping Adam and The Language Academy and look out for the new site soon…

So, we’ve stuffed Adam full of cake as part of his farewell and would like to wish him every success in what we hope is a very bright future for him 🙂