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East of England

Routes East Translation Bee

Sunday, 26 July, 2015 - 00:00 to Thursday, 30 June, 2016 - 16:00
Event Type: 
East of England

At last, by popular demand - for all your past Year 7 Spelling Bee contestants suffering withdrawal symptoms - the opportunity for students in Years 8 & 9 to take part in a fun competition to practise and improve a range of skills vital in preparation for starting a GCSE course:  vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, memory, verb conjugation, tenses, sentence formation  (French, Spanish and German). Created by Jane Driver of The Voyager Academy.

We're delighted that Vocab Express, one of our key Spelling Bee sponsors, will now be sponsoring our new Translation Bee website.


Language Presenter of the Year Competition

Friday, 26 September, 2014 - 16:15 to Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 16:15
Event Type: 
East of England

OCR and Routes into Languages East are working together to reward our young people’s language learning.

The Language Presenter of the Year Competition officially launches on 26th September, The European Day of Languages,  using the winning poster from the 2013/2014 poster competition by Jess McCamley of Hinchingbrooke School

Year 10 and 11 pupils are asked to prepare a 3-5 minute presentation about a product of their choice (real or imagined) in a language they are studying at school.

For further details, see competition poster attached below 

Each video entry should be accompanied by a copy of the entry form below by the deadline: 20th February, 2014

The final will be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in LAB 006 on Wednesday 4th March, 1.30pm 

Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, 30 April, 2023 - 19:00
Event Type: 
East of England
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.

The Routes into Languages East Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2021 competition formally ends with the Celebration Event at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on Wednesday 6th April as part of Cambridge Festival 2022

The 2022 competition launches at the beginning of the summer term

It is open to  all schools who are members of the Routes into Languages East 2021/22 family (ie have paid to participate in 2022/23 in at least one of our projects: Spelling Bee, Translation Bee, Language Leader Award, Languages Challenge, LinguaMaths, Primary Bee).


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 per language from each year group for Mother Tongue and the 2 best entries per year group per language for Other Tongue.

The deadline is Friday 22nd July, 2022

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

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. 


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 2022 Entry Cover Sheet (see below).



To submit by email, send your entry to, with the entry form (see below) and with the subject heading MTOT or by post to:

Sarah Schechter

Director Routes into Languages East

Murray Edwards College

Huntingdon Road

Cambridge CB3 0DF

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

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

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017 - 00:00 to Saturday, 30 June, 2018 - 00:00
Event Type: 
East of England


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

The aim of the Sing to the Future: Language Beatz is for students in Year 8 to practise and improve their foreign language skills (any language they are learning in school), by transferring language from the KS3 curriculum into catchy, memorable song lyrics. 

It is about harnessing the power of music for learning.  Music, rhythm and song make words memorable.  Using music creatively in groups for language learning is both motivating and effective.


The competition element is voluntary and offers an opportunity to showcase what has been created.




To register for 2017/8 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


Languages Challenge

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017 - 00:00 to Sunday, 22 July, 2018 - 00:00
Event Type: 
East of England

Welcome to the Languages Challenge!

It has now been validated as part of the National Children's University for those people registered on the programme!

It's also part of Language Futures - click here for more information

The Languages Challenge has been created to support and reward pupils who love languages and want to use their languages creatively in their own time. Pupils complete a series of tasks and present the evidence to the designated Routes into Languages teacher in their school.
The Languages Challenge gives you the chance to complete all sorts of language based tasks so you can improve your knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures. On successful completion of the Languages Challenge with 100 points, you will be able to claim 10 hours for your Children's University portfolio.
The Languages Challenge was devised by Vincent Everett of Northgate School Dereham as an invitation to pupils to become independent learners. With Languages Challenge you can learn new words and evaluate different strategies for doing so. You can hunt down your own resources and let us know what they think of them. You can use your language in a hobby or interest of your own. You can organize language events with your friends. And you can do things we would never have thought of....!

The Languages Challenge is for any pupil wanting to work on their languages according to their own interests, needs and personal circumstances. We are looking for commitment, creativity and enthusiasm. You may have an older pupil to act as mentor, who will help you along the way. You can use it for any language - either one you're learning at school, but want to explore further or perhaps one you speak  at home.

There are 7 categories:

  • Learning the Basics,
  • Using your Talents,
  • Research,
  • Culture,
  • Creativity,
  • Resources,
  • Futures.

Each category has a choice of tasks. You must complete at least one task from each category.

Tasks are worth 5,10 or 15 points. To successfully complete the Languages Challenge, you are aiming for a total of 100 points. 

You must keep evidence of each task in your portfolio. This could be in the form of photographs, videos, or writing. You will also need to write up an overall self-evaluation explaining what you have achieved and what you have learnt. The whole portfolio will be submitted to the designated Routes into Languages East teacher in your school. You may be asked to choose one of your outcomes to be performed, shown or presented to parents and visitors at the Children's University Graduation Ceremony or a celebration in your school. 



Language Leader Award

Monday, 26 September, 2022 - 11:00 to Friday, 21 July, 2023 - 00:00
Event Type: 
East of England

Routes into Languages East is delighted to be working in partnership with Comberton Village College on the
Language Leader Award with materials developed and donated by Rachel Hawkes.

Available nationally, the Language Leader Award helps pupils learn to lead, using language teaching as the medium. Throughout the year-long programme they develop their leadership skills, growing in confidence and enhancing their future careers

Routes into Languages East runs the Comberton Village College model of the award. Pupils receive a log book to record training, activities, reflections etc during the year and a certificate and specially designed lapel pin on successful completion of the programme.

The principal benefits of the Language Leader
Award programme to students include:

• rewarding their language learning
• giving them a purpose and context for their language skills
• developing their generic communication and leadership skills
• giving them a better understanding of themselves as learners
• giving a better understanding of the role of the teacher
• enhancing their self-esteem and confidence
• improving their evaluative and analytical skills
• increasing their personal attainment in a foreign language

Unfortunately now that government funding for Routes into Languages has ended, we're having to charge for most of our projects

For more informatiion including aqpplication form, course overview and FAQs see documents below and/or  register/email




Language & Careers Event

This event is fully booked
Wednesday, 3 February, 2016 - 16:30 to 21:00
Event Type: 
East of England
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, East Road, CB1 1PT


Language & Careers Event

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR THIS IS DEFINITELY WEDNESDAY 3rd FEB (there's some glitch on the registration form which means it insists on showing the American date!!! - I have informed the teccie people)


Keep the date!

Years 10 - 13

More details to follow

Booking information: 

For last minute enquiries email giving a contact phone number...