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

The ENACT Web App Prizes 2022

The ENACT Web App Prizes will be awarded to the people who upload the best cultural activities for language learning using the ENACT ‘CREATE’ author software during the period 16 May to 25 July 2022. The First Prize consists of a payment of £200 plus a ENACT Web...

Votre slogan ici!

We are delighted to launch a slogan competition in French on the themes of ‘le français et moi’ and ‘apprendre le français’. Invent a slogan in French. Make it catchy, concise and creative! Accompany your slogan with an image associated with the slogan and a brief...

Anthea Bell Translation competition 2022 – the students’ view

Students from across the year group at Duchess Community High School Alnwick volunteered to enter the Anthea Be Translation competition in 2022 for the first time. Sophie J Y9 writes: Learning a language opens many doors in life. This competition enables me to...

                                       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

Strictly Speaking 2022 - a school / student review

Review of a Strictly Speaking celebration in German 2022

Strictly Speaking is a poetry recitation event, with a class round of a rehearsed poem, and, for those who proceed to a second round, an unseen poem. An outline of how to run your own event is available to download here.

As teachers, we were really delighted to see how positively and enthusiastically the students participated in the event. All 120 of our Year 8s joined in, and in the class rounds they all had a chance to perform their poem and listen to each other. The students demonstrated great creativity in performing the poems. Some participants sang or rapped their poem to great effect, and all of them enjoyed the Year group final. It was a really fun celebration of German poetry.

Oscar Year 8 (winner)

When I first stepped on stage I felt overwhelmed and extremely nervous. After I performed my first poem though, the crowd went wild, and this gave me the confidence to then perform my mystery poem. Thinking of a musical rhythm was a great way to pronounce and deliver the words in an easier but sophisticated way.

When my name was called out as the winner I was astonished and extremely happy, I was very grateful, and loved performing.

It was a great achievement and am really hoping to continue my German into the future.

Alfie Year 8

I found the German speaking competition something that really brought everyone taking German together, I can remember after I finished that all of the other contestants congratulated me on my performance. I think this is this sort of environment that makes me enjoy speaking German so much.

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