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

Oxford German Network essay competition

The Oxford German Network has launched this year's edition of 'A German Classic' – an essay competition for sixth-form students. This year, we’re celebrating E.T.A. Hoffmann's eerie and mysterious tale 'Der Sandmann'. All details are available via the website,...

Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation 2019 is now open

Entrants in the UK or Ireland are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words. Translations up to 60 lines long are welcomed, and extracts are accepted. Prizes...

French Pop Video Competition

Can you sing or rap in French? Do you have video skills? Enter the French Pop Video Competition and have a chance of winning one of the 2019 Francophonie UK School Music Awards! This competition, organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, offers students and...

                                       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 Speaking

Coming soon!


Poetry Live

Coming soon!

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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