Launch of ‘Mother Tongue Other Tongue’ Competition 

routes_into_languagesMother Tongue Other Tongue is a national Laureate Education Project, led by the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Regional competitions and events take place throughout the year. The competition is co-ordinated by Routes into Languages.

‌Award winning boxer, Amir Khan, launched the 2015 competition on 2nd February. Watch his video here.


Amir had this to say about the competition;

“I think it’s important to encourage more pupils in school to learn a language and this competition is a great way to boost children’s confidence.”

There are two separate parts to the poetry competition. Children from Year 4 to Year 13 can enter one or both parts of the competition.

The Mother Tongue part of the competition requires children who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. They then write a short piece in English to explain the poem’s significance to them.

The Other Tongue part of the competition encourages children learning another language in school to use that language creatively to write a poem.

The project was originally devised by staff in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West. It has been running since 2012.

Congratulations to year 10 student Isabella Redmayne, who was a North East winner last year.

For further information please see Miss Najafi.