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European Day of Languages Poster Competition 2014 - Year 7, 8 & 9

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Monday, 1 September, 2014 - 00:00 to Friday, 3 October, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
West Midlands
In schools

Calling all linguists and budding artists!


Help celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26th September by taking part in our poster competition!


To mark the European Day of Languages and following the success of the competition last year, we invite schools in the region to participate in our poster competition. With the number of UK language learners reducing whilst international commerce and travel increase, our aim is spread the message of the importance of learning languages, promoting intercultural awaresness and encourage uptake, particularly at GCSE and beyond. By taking part in our competition, your pupils can help us out and learn a thing or two themselves!


To get our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils thinking about all the places where languages can take them, our theme for this year’s Poster Competition is “My Year Abroad”. Pupils should research and design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and languages!


Pupils should choose a country or city where the language they study is spoken, and research the possibilities of what they could do there. The poster should tell us where they would go on their Year Abroad and all the things that they would do! 


Entries can be submitted in any foreign language or languages and may include some English if desired (for example, pupils may like to provide a translation of the facts they provide). Each poster should be no larger than a sheet of A4 paper and must be completed by hand but any form of materials can be used – felt tips, paint, fabric, etc. Judges will be looking for originality of illustration as well as accuracy of language and content.


The competition is open to pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 with one winner and one runner up in each year group. Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, class, teacher and school, as well as any necessary information about the language(s) chosen (i.e. if it is a less widely learned language) to facilitate judging. When sending school entries, teachers should provide a covering note with their contact details for ease of notifying winners.


Please note that entries cannot be returned, we advise making a scanned copy for pupils who wish to retain their work. In the event of insufficient entries of good quality no prize will be awarded; the judges’ decision is final.


The prizes are £20 vouchers for the winners and £10 vouchers for the runners up, plus a framed certificate. The winning entries will be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University and will feature on our website. They may also be used in publicity materials in future. Prizes will be presented in school by a member of Routes into Languages staff who will also deliver a “Why Study Languages?” presentation to your pupils.


We hope that you will enter this competition as part of your in-school European Day of Languages celebrations and so the deadline for submission of entries will be Friday 3rd October.


Please send your entries to: European Day of Languages Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, MB741, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at or call 0121 204 3872.


Need some inspiration?

  • Encourage pupils to use home languages – they could even teach a few words or phrases to other pupils
  • Take the opportunity to do some cross curricular work with your Art department