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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

East of England

2012 Olympics Board Game Competition

Monday, 14 November, 2011 - 00:00 to Friday, 30 March, 2012 - 01:00
East of England
Eastern Region

This is a competition for groups of Year 9 pupils to devise and create a languages board game for a clearly defined target market with a sport/Olympics theme.


For Competition Guidelines with full details about the competition see attachment below


There will be prizes for the winning group and a copy of the winning game will be manufactured by Adrenaline Brush Ltd (a game designing company).

The winning school will receive a CULP4SC course for a maximum of 20 pupils in a choice of 6 languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic). For more information on CULP4SC click here


 To find out about the Computer Apps competition click here



Mhairi Sevink-Wincomb, Project Secretary, CULP4SC
Phone: (01223) 746549

Routes into Languages East Sing to the Future: Language BeatZ Competition

Saturday, 26 September, 2015 - 01:00 to Friday, 22 July, 2016 - 01:00
East of England


A competition for Year 8's, using the curriculum to create songs...


The winners of the 2012/13 final held at Anglia Ruskin University on 6th June were

1st   Où es tu allé?                         Birchwood High School

2nd  Respectate por quien eres       Hinchingbrooke School

3rd   Bon pour la santé                    Sawtry Community College

Congratulations to them all and to all the finalists - they did absolutely brilliantly!!!

To hear the 2012/3 songs click here

Congratulations too to the winners of the People's Vote:

1st Respectate por quien eres     Hinchingbrooke School



To register for 2015/6 please click here - it will help us to know how many people are involved and enable us to keep you up-to-date with what's going on.

Also the Teacher's pack is available for everyone and many choose to do the project, but not enter the competition - ie the competition is an optional extra

Date for your diary tbc



CULP4SC China Days

East of England

Students on CULP4SC programmes have the opportunity to consolidate and extend their language learning during Intensive days either at their school or at one of the partner universities. Students from Parkside Federation experienced two such days
at Cambridge University Language Centre and enjoyed a busy and engaging schedule. They talked about traditional Chinese festivals, Twelve Animal Signs, and Chinese tea.
Two of them did a puppet show to tell the story of ‘Nian (meaning ‘year’)’, and they explained why Chinese people like to wear red, play fireworks, and light lanterns around the Spring Festival.
Students learnt to make wishes in Chinese and then designed Chinese New Year cards with wishes on them.
They tried their hand at calligraphyand wrote Chinese idioms such as ‘Reading is profitable.’ Some chose ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’, and some others chose ‘Knowledge and power.’ They also drew bamboos as decoration. They did REALLY well!
In addition, as the Intensive Day was also the last day of the year of Ox, and with satellite TV in the Language Centre and the seven-hour time difference between UK and China, students watched the national celebration of the beginning of the year of Tiger in China on live TV!

Diana Liu who has been teaching this group says:
‘It is great fun to teach these students. They are clever and friendly; each one contributes to the class in their own way. They have various motivations and are eager to learn and so with the right activities it is easy to create an interesting lesson and keep students engaged. When I give them assignments, which lets them do research on their own and use creativity, their work always gives me a good surprise. I’m glad to know that quite a few want to continue next year. One is attending a Summer School in China this summer.’

For more photos see


Spelling Bee Goes National!

Sunday, 26 September, 2010 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 01:00
East of England
Eastern Region


Following the success of the first ever Routes East Spelling Bee last year, this year we're going national!
For more information and to see last year's winners see our wiki:

To read the article about last year's final click here:


For full details see Teachers Pack below

To sign up see the flier below, fill in the registration form and send it to


Spelling Bee Final was Buzzing!!!

East of England

An electrifying Spelling Bee regional semi-final and final took place on Wednesday 7th July when 50 year 7 pupils gathered at Comberton Village College to fight it out for the Spanish, German and French titles. In both rounds the tension was punctuated with nail-biting tie-breakers
The Spelling Bee was devised by Jane Driver of Comberton and has caught the imagination of nearly 3,000 pupils I this its first year. It involves the year 7 pupils in learning and practising the alphabet in the foreign language, paying attention to describing letters with accents and Spelling Bee terminology (‘pass’, ‘space’ etc), with 50 words in each round. All relevant to the curriculum.
Winners in each round received certificates with the four finalists in each language also winning a trophy. A cup was awarded to each winning school.
The finalists were as follows:

1st   Alexandra Van der Oerver     Comberton Village College
2nd  Chloe Hinton                           Gateway Academy
3rd   Lucy Booth                               Comberton Village College
4th   George Gates                         Coopers Coborn

1st   Lauren Dickson                      Thomas Lord Audley
2nd  Mollie Foley                              Thomas Lord Audley
3rd   Andrew Ledingham                Chafford Hundred
4th   Liza Tu                                       Chafford Hundred

1st   Matthew Bracey                       Swavesey Village College
2nd  Ellie-Mae Young                     Brittons School
3rd   Matthew Livesey                     Hitchin Boys
4th   Suzana Anjum                         Coopers Coborn


The competition has been enjoyed by one and all and pupils have learnt a lot of useful vocabulary in a fun and motivating way – some have even expressed an interest in helping next year’s competitors learn their words…

It is hoped to run it next year as a national competition - watch this space...
For more details of the competition see the wiki:

CULP4SC Goes from Strength to Strength...

East of England

There has been a huge surge in interest in language learning through the Cambridge University Language Programme for Schools and Colleges (CULP4SC) over the past year. The possibility of learning Mandarin through RiL CULP particularly excited students from year 8 to year 13. There are now more than 15 learning partnerships for Mandarin across the region. A healthy uptake of boys and girls are embracing the challenge of learning this dynamic language spoken by over 850 million people and in so doing are developing fresh, cultural perspectives on the world around them. Standard Mandarin is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, so learning to communicate in Mandarin will certainly give our young people an advantage in developing their role in an increasingly global society and, what is more, they are clearly enjoying the experience!

In order to provide tuition across the region, the University of Cambridge Language Centre carried out a recruitment campaign to identify and train new tutors of Mandarin to teach in the CULP4SC partner schools. They attended residential training to enrich their teaching skills, using the award-winning integrated face-to-face and online learning approach developed by CULC. Through lesson observation and dialogue tutors are contributing to a community of practice where innovation in teaching and learning can be supported and evaluated by sympathetic peers. This creative and dynamic professional development is making lessons all the more exciting and effective for the students involved.

Students are genuinely learning how to live life through a different lens! Not only do they speak to each other in Mandarin but they also make contact with other Mandarin speakers, comparing their experiences and sharing new discoveries. They taste, see and read the culture of China, even mastering the Chinese characters and writing their own messages!

In addition to the significant increase in Mandarin, there are also rewarding opportunities to learn other languages from Europe. Students are engaged in Italian, Spanish, French and German classes, which simply could not take place if it were not through the provision that RiL can make available. In particular, the remote access pilot managed by the OU is enabling young people to learn from native speaker tutors, sometimes receiving their lessons direct from Italy through the Elluminate programme.

 The potential to harness new technology to extend the range of opportunities for young people to learn languages through face-to-face and online learning is considerable and the successful expansion of the programme so far from 7 to 24 schools demonstrates that the sun is certainly rising on language capability in the East of England. Long may it shine!

 More information about CULP4SC together with details of its partners is available here: CULP4SC
 and from Jackie Bow, Routes into Languages East CULP4SC Project Manager:  01223 746826

Stowmarket Double Club Star Singers!

East of England

A sunny day in June saw our Routes East Stowmarket High German Double Club pupils travel down to the Emirates Stadium in London with their teacher, Jenny Turner, to take part in an exciting Goethe Institut initiative.

The Institut  has specially commissioned a song as part of the 2010 Think German campaign, written by Berlin musician Mark Scheibe, with over 250 Double Club students invited to take part in the video. The video will be released worldwide across a number of media platforms. Julie Stoker, Arsenal Double Club Language Co-ordinator wrote "With the Olympic games fast approaching, we believe the multi-lingual success of the Double Club project provides all of us with an ideal opportunity to bring sport and languages closer together and make a high profile, concerted push for the promotion of language learning over the years to come. In a year that has seen the Double Club going from strength to strength as more and more football clubs join the project and the number of participating schools increase, our Double Club music video will be a perfect chance to celebrate our past successes and look forward to an exciting future of multi-lingual cooperation".

The song and lyrics are downloadable here: All the Double Club languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese) are represented (with a Mexicam Wave at the end, of course) and the video is available here:


The song is great - really catchy and fun and the pupils had a brilliant day out

Encore Stowmarket!

Ipswich Double Club

East of England

The latest Routes into Languages East project was launched on Thursday with a visit to Portman Road for 21 year 9 pupils and their teacher, Jenny Turner from Stowmarket High School.
The new project combines Football and German for the first regional replication of the Arsenal Football Club Double Club programme. Routes East commissioned the adaptation of materials for Ipswich Football Club and is working with the Ipswich Town Community Trust to deliver the course.
Originally created by Arsenal FC, the German Double Club programme works to use football as a way of encouraging students to learn German as an additional language and support them in their studies.
The launch of the Community Trust’s German Double Club programme saw students from Stowmarket High School pull on their football boots and brush up on their German Language skills as they took part in a tour of the stadium taking in the VIP-Bereich (VIP area) and umkleider kabine (changing rooms) as well as a football-themed German lesson using the specially commissioned materials, and a mini football tournament at Portman Road.
Year nine pupil at Stowmarket High School Chris Alcock said: “This is an incredible experience to combine three things that I am really passionate about; football, Ipswich Town and German! It’s really going to help me in my GCSE studies too.
Community Trust Double Club coach Darren Ablett added: “The afternoon was a real success. The youngsters seemed to enjoy themselves and learnt something at the same time as getting some exercise. This really is a great initiative.”
Following discussions with Karl Pfeiffer of the Goethe Institute, Routes East made contact with Ipseich Town Community Trust to explore the possibility of replicating the highly successful Arsenal Double Club in the Eastern Region. Fortunately they were already involved in the Arsenal Double Club Maths and Literacy initiatives with local schools and were intrigues by the idea of extending their activities to languages.
Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Stowkmarket High, Hayley Frankland said “We are delighted to be a part of this partnership …. The students will be able to learn German in an exciting and innovative way which will undoubtedly help their confidence back in the classroom. It will also give students a real purpose to their foreign language studies and show them the benefits of knowing a foreign language.” “”
During the launch on Thursday Jenny Turner told Linda Walker of BBC Suffolk Radio (to hear the broadcast click on the mp3 file below) that she saw in Double Club the potential to capture the imagination of pupils, particularly boys, who often find it difficult to engage with languages as she is always on the look-out to make languages relevant to her pupils.