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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Promoting Language Learning Poster Competition

Thursday, 6 April, 2017 - 15:45 to Monday, 15 May, 2017 - 15:45
Event Type: 
West Midlands
West Midlands

For this coming summer term, we would like your students to produce a poster promoting learning langauges aimed at anyone from primary school pupils up to undergraduate students – the choice is theirs!

Pupils should design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and any foreign language they wish.
The poster should have one slogan promoting the benefits of language learning, in another foreign language along with a translation in English. They may use any foreign language they wish.

Each poster should be no larger than a sheet of A3 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 KS3, 4 and 5 with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each group. Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, year group, 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 will be £20 vouchers for the winners and £10 each vouchers for runners up plus a winner and runners up certificates. 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.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition – the deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 15 May.

Please send your entries to: Promoting Languages Poster Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room NW803A, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at or call 0121 204 4720.

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
• Take a look on sites like Pinterest and Instagram for ideas.