Challenges & Competitions

A number of ALL's member-led local groups (Branches, Networks and Primary Hubs), Language Networks and partners run challenges and competitions for language learners in their local area, or at a regional or national level. Information about competitions which are currently open for entry can be found below. Competition results and success stories can be found under the News tab.

Latest Competitions

Strictly in Isolation

Poetry in other languages celebration - pilot 2020 This is a spin-off from the competition (Strictly Speaking) which ALLNE had planned to pilot this year in the region and which was not possible in the circumstances. It targets Year 8 students in the hope of giving...

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition

This year's Routes into Languages East Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competition is now open. It is aimed at encouraging school students whose first language wasn't English to share their Mother Tongue by remembering or creating poetry written in their 'Mother...

The Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry

Those of us who were at Language World earlier this year will remember the inspiring keynote talk by Charlotte Ryland, from the Translation Exchange and the Stephen Spender Trust. She really enthused the audience with the creative teaching possibilities of poetry...

                                       Annual Competitions

French Pop Video

Organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, students compete in age-group categories across primary and secondary


Annual competition for schools in the UK, organised in the North-East

Have Your Say

Have Your Say is a speaking competition for pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

German Debating

Debating competition for Year 11 and 12 organised by the Goethe-Institut, London

UK Linguistics Olympiad

Competition for any age, any ability level where competitors have to solve linguistic data problems

Strictly in Isolation

The Stricly Speaking competition has been modified this year for an Isolation edition.

Strictly Speaking

An outline of how to run a Strictly Speaking Poetry Recitation  competition within a class, your school or between a group of schools, complete with sample anthologies in three languages.

Language Perfect

Students from across the globe compete to learn vocabulary, verbs and common phrases

Foreign Language Spelling Bee

Competition for Year 7 to practise and improve vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in French, German or Spanish

Foreign Language Translation Bee

Competition for Years 8 & 9 to practice and improve vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in French, German or Spanish

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