Language Show Live, in partnership with Speak to the Future, has announced a national competition for language learners in schools, universities and language enthusiasts everywhere to take the 1000 words challenge one step further.
Entrants are asked to produce a short video celebrating language learning in no more than 1,000 words. Pieces can be factual or fictional and could include, but are not limited to sketches, role plays or mini dramas; poem, rhyme, raps or songs; mini documentaries or fact-files; talking selfies or personal narratives; animation or stories; conversation or interviews or promotional adverts.
Bernardette Holmes, campaign director for Speak to the Future, said “this competition is open to everyone, whether you’ve never learnt another language before, whether you’re learning one at school or speak one at home, now is the time to take up the 1,000 Words Challenge and show us what you can do. Let’s show the world Brits can be multilingual too!”
Olivett Asare, event manager of Language Show Live commented:
“we’re proud to be partnering with Speak to the Future for the 2014 event and this competition sits perfectly alongside their existing 1,000 Words Challenge – which encourages people to learn 1,000 words in another language on their way to becoming a successful linguist.”
The competition is open up to 11 July 2014 and can be entered via the Language Show Live website: www.languageshowlive.co.uk/strictly1000
The competition will be judged according to the following categories:
- Primary schools
- Secondary schools
- Further/higher education
- Language enthusiasts everywhere
Entries will be judged on a combination of quality and originality of content; language used – accuracy and pronunciation as well as clarity in delivery and communication; enthusiasm, effort and technical quality.
Shortlisted candidates will be announced at the beginning of September and invited to attend Language Show Live on Saturday 18 October at Olympia Central, London – where they will be able to perform their piece in front of some 9,000 language enthusiasts and professionals who attend the event.
Winners will be announced live at the event and prizes presented, which include language dictionaries and schools’ annual memberships to Vocab Express courtesy of prize sponsors Oxford University Press and Vocab Express respectively. Further prizes and the full judging panel will be announced shortly.
Vocab Express and Oxford University Press are already supporting the 1000 words challenge by offering a free online platform where people can learn, revise and test progress in 1000 words in a range of languages. https://www.vocabexpress.com/speaktothefuture/