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National Pop Video Competition 2016

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 - 10:00
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Do you think you could write a song or rap in a foreign language? Do you have the IT skills to make a video to accompany your song? If so… this competition is for you.

The Routes into Languages South West is inviting you to submit a short video, animated if you prefer, to accompany a song or rap, which you have composed in a foreign language. It has to be an original song or can be loosely based on an existing tune. The competition is open to students between the ages of 11-18 in full time education in all regions across the UK.  

We will videostream your video on the Routes into Languages South West YouTube channel. And there is a special prize – ‘The Online Viewers' Award’ (decided by the general public) - which will be awarded to the winning entry in each region as well as to the overall national winner! You will have a chance to vote for your favourite video after the closing date. The details about it will be posted on our YouTube website before the closing date.

Winning entries will receive a prize of £100 and a trophy. All participants will be given certificates of commendation. 

To view the entries from previous years please visit our YouTube RiLSouthWest channel.


For more information and for rules of the competition please download the flyer below.

You can also download the Pop Video A4 poster to put on display in your school - to print out the A4 poster, please save it on your computer first and then print it out. Alternatively, you can request a colourful poster for your school by email:

Booking information: 

To enter this competition please submit your video entry together with your completed entry form (please download below) via to by 10 am Tuesday 3rd May. Please read carefully the rules of the competition on page 2 of the competition flyer (please download the flyer below) before submitting your entry. 

#RoutesLive: the next webinar will take place on 23 October 2015


The North-East region will host the next #RoutesLive webinar Routes into Language Teaching on Friday, 23 October 2015, 13:00-14:00.

Join our online panellists to hear about their pathways into MFL teaching and their experiences of the job so far…

The link to join the webinar is:

Language Teacher and Student Language Ambassador of the Year Award 2016


Do you know a very special language teacher or a student language ambassador?


A teacher who inspires pupils through superb teaching and supports colleagues by sharing their expertise and ideas? Or a student language ambassador who motivates young learners, showing them that learning languages is exciting, cool and contributes to their future success?

If you do, then why not nominate them for a Routes into Languages / Association for Language LearningAward?

Find out more about the Language Teacher of the Year and the Student Language Ambassador of the Year Awards.

Download the background information and judging criteria.

If you have any further questions please contact the Awards team by email to


Find out more about last years winner

Languages and your Future: A new employability resource


A new employability resource, Languages and your Future, aimed at 11-13 year old pupils will be distributed shortly to all the regions. In the meantime, you can have a glimpse of the activities featured in the resource pack by visiting the Routes into Languages central website at

These materials have been produced by two very gifted student interns, Georgia Morrison and Yolanda Perez-Pineros, who have done an excellent job! Yolanda, who designed the resource, was commended for her work at the Excel Community Awards, University of Southampton

Translating & Interpreting Newsletter


This newsletter will give you a brief overview of recent events that have been organised by National Networks for Translation and Interpreting. The ‘Routes Live!’ webinar and ‘Starting Work as a Translator or Interpreter’ events featured in this edition give you more of an insight into employability and careers with languages. It also includes an interview with an MA student studying Conference Interpreting. We hope you find this publication informative and hope to see you at our forthcoming events.


Routes into Languages is at the London Language Show Live 2015


16-18 October 2015 - London Olympia

Come and visit the Routes into Languages stand  (Stand 822) and listen to the Routes into Languages Project Managers' seminar (Saturday 17 October, 10.30 - 11.15 in Room 4) "What Routes into Languages can do for you and your school".  In this seminar we will share information about exciting projects that have helped to take languages out of the classroom and have proved successful in motivating learners, including the Foreign Language Spelling Bee, Languages Challenges and more.

Call for contributions to an e-book EMPLOYABILITY FOR LANGUAGES: A HANDBOOK


We are planning the publication of a selection of case studies showcasing the excellent and inspiring work of language teachers, academics and practitioners in the area of employability for language graduates. This collection will form a snapshot of good practice and show the outcomes of recent projects and debates in the area of employability. Case studies will accompany articles from invited contributors describing a variety of personal experiences in the area.

This open access e-book will be freely available for download and will be aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education. The focus of the book will be around practical experience ‘in the field’ and reflective practice, rather than research.

Possible themes include:

·        Projects in the area of employability for languages

·        Engaging in embedding employability as part of the languages curriculum

·        Transition from education to the job market

·        Language skills as part of the 21st century graduate curriculum

·        Schemes supporting employability

·        Technology for employability

We anticipate case studies to be no more than3000 words and we will issue a template to all accepted authors to work to, which is likely to include Context/rationale, aims/outcomes, what you did, evaluation/impact and conclusion.

Please, send your expression of interest in electronic form to the co-editors Erika Corradini, Kate Borthwick and Angela Gallagher-Brett at including the word ‘ebook employability’ in the subject field.

The deadline for expressions of interest (max 350 words) has been extended to Monday 12 October 2015 - 16.00hrs.