Language Competitions

In addition to annual competitions in French, German, and Spanish (detailed below) we are running a very special competition in 2019, in connection with the exhibition ‘Babel: Adventures in Translation’, at the Weston Library. This competition, run by the Creative Multilingualism Programme, aims to encourage creativity in the act of translation. There are three tasks to choose from: create a modern version of Cinderella; create a fable; or create a warning about a nuclear waste site. For more information, see here, and follow the links to the submission pages. The deadline for the translation competition is noon on 15th May 2019.

French Flash Fiction Competition

You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting is noon on Sunday 31 March 2019. More details are available here, and the submission page is here.

 

OGN German Olympiad

 

The 2019 Oxford German Olympiad has now launched. It is on the theme of ‘Tiere und Monster’ (Animals and Monsters). Pupils aged 9 upwards are invited to take part in a range of tasks, from drawing monsters to writing short stories. There is also a category for group entries, and a ‘Discover German’ task for those who are new to German. The deadline is noon on 15 March 2019. Full details are available on the OGN website. If you have any questions please email Elise, the coordinator, at ogn@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

The German Classic Essay Prize celebrates a different ‘German Classic’ each year. In 2018 the focus was on Schiller’s Maria Stuart. The 2019 competition will launch in the summer. Full guidelines and rules will be made available on the Oxford German Network website.

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and creativity, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of Spanish will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a number of runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting is noon on Sunday 31 March 2019. More details are available here, and the submission page is here.

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