Pupils dominate national European languages competition

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Languages pupils from Stockport Grammar dominated this year’s European citizens national languages competition for schools by not just winning both age group categories, but also all four runners-up prizes!

In French, German or Spanish, entrants in the key stage five category had to develop a teaching aid based on any European cultural topic, while pupils in key stage three were to produce a poster, leaflet or essay about the continent and its people.

Key stage five winners

First prize

  • Portia Hunt
  • Lisa Font
  • Ruby Cotter
  • Catherine Whateley

For a card game designed for key stage two learners of French based on “pairs” which deals with European countries and associated vocabulary.

Second prize

  • Harrison Marsland-Quinn
  • Ben Oldfield
  • Tom Egan

For a slideshow presentation about unusual laws from all over Europe. “A very useful, fun and interactive teaching aid for the law and order A-level topic.”

Third prize

  • Megan Casey
  • Helen Merrick
  • Lydia Griffiths

For a slideshow presentation about the Spanish region of Andalucía. “It could be effectively used as a key stage four teaching aid for the GCSE topic of home and surroundings or also as a launch into the A2 cultural topic of a region”

Key stage three winners

First prize

  • Arisha-Jane Marsh
  • Holly Royle
  • Hannah Jones

For Swiss Chocolate – a song in German and accompanying video which, in an original way, explores the qualities of European citizens.

Second prize

  • Lisa Daniels

For a factual quiz about different European countries in the form of a card game.

Third prize

  • Rebecca Hill
  • Hamaad Chaudhry

For a 3D laminated poster with attached facts about different European counties.

Scoring system

With half the marks awarded for the quality of language and the other half given for vision, appropriate content and ingenuity, our pupils were rewarded with vouchers and the prizewinners’ trophy for their talent in producing both engaging and accurate content in French, German and Spanish.

The competition, open to all schools nationally, is run by St Mary’s College in Merseyside and is supported by the Independent Schools Modern Languages Association, the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut and the Instituto Cervantes.

Photo credit: rockcohen on Flickr

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