Friendly Competitions

Today’s home learning activity comes from Gosia Bates (@lingosia), EAL Co-ordinator at Ely College. She is keeping her EAL learners busy by finding edcuationally oriented competitions to enter.

A great way of keeping your (not only) EAL learners busy and helping to recognise their passions and talents is by entering them for various competitions. There are some fantastic competitions around; I hope students’ photographed/ scanned/emailed entries will be still taken into account and maybe some of the deadlines will be extended.

Here is a short list of competitions my students are currently working on:

1. Design a stamp for Antarctica. Deadline 12th May

Age categories:
• 4-6 years
• 7-9 years
• 10-13 years
• 14-17 years

Lots of interesting facts here:

2. Annual mythology competition: Deadline: 1st May.
Age group: Year 7 and Y8.

Read the Daedalus and Icarus or Herakles and the Hydra myth. Choose one of them and submit:

A: Art e.g. painting, drawing, collage, poster, craftwork etc.
B: Creative Writing e.g. poem, play-script, 1st person account, diary or journal etc.
C: Drama – a version of the story, written and performed by pupils, and submitted as a private video link or DVD.
D: Animation – a version of the story, written and animated by an individual, and submitted as a private video link.

3. Design a book token competition. Deadline: 10th April
Age categories: up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years.

Keep on the look out for other competitions suitable for young people who speak English as an Additional Language. If you find some good ones, please add them to the comments below, or by tweeting them. Make sure to include @lingosia and @EAL_NALDIC so we can publicise them more widely.

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