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Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Date: 
Monday, 4 May, 2020 - 16:00 to Monday, 20 July, 2020 - 16:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
East of England
Location: 
Eastern Region

A tried and tested multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in secondary schools that was created by Routes into Languages North West and is run in the Eastern region by Routes into Languages East.

We are extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship this year from the AHRC Open World Research Initiative project, MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) at the University of Cambridge. See http://www.meits.org/ for more information.

THE ROUTES EAST COMPETITION

Open to: 9-18 year olds (Years 5-13)

 

Age categories are as follows:

KS2 (Primary years 5, 6)

 KS3 (Secondary years 7,8,9)

KS4 (Secondary years 10,11)

KS5 (Secondary years 12,13)

Each school can enter the 2 best entries from each year group for Mother Tongue and the 2 best entries per year group for Other Tongue.

 

The deadline is Monday 20th July, 2020

Shortlisted entries will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive certificates. Winners will receive Amazon vouchers

 

 

Routes into Languages East invites young writers to send in their poetry and verse for this multi-lingual poetry competition.  There are two categories:

  • Mother Tongue – pupils whose first language is not English are encouraged to submit a poem or song in their first language.  It can be an original piece, or a ‘remembered’ piece.  It can be written in any language.  The entry will be judged on a short paragraph (written in English) that explains the piece and its significance to the pupil. 
  • Other Tongue – pupils learning another language are encouraged to get creative with this language and submit an original poem for the competition. 

THE RULES

Mother Tongue / Other Tongue is open to all mainstream and supplementary secondary schools in the East and pupils can enter as individuals or groups of any size.

The judge's decisions are final.

Mother Tongue:

Pupils whose first language is not English, or who speak another language at home, are encouraged to submit a poem or song in their Mother Tongue. This can be an original or a ‘remembered’ piece.
It can be written in any language, except English. Entries will be judged on a short paragraph in which pupils will explain the piece and its significance to them.

Other Tongue:

Pupils learning another language are encouraged to get creative with their 'Other Tongue' and submit an original poem for the competition. 

All entries must be accompanied by a Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2020 Entry Cover Sheet (see below).

TEACHERS!

FOR A TEACHER'S PACK TO HELP GET YOU STARTED email Sarah Schechter: ss2431@cam.ac.uk

To submit by email, send your entry to ss2431@cam.ac.uk, with the entry form (see below) and with the subject heading MTOT.

 

NOTE: no responsibility will be taken for lost or wrongly addressed entries and entries without fully completed entry forms risk not being accepted for the competition