Presenting: Special Events 2015

February: Routes into Languages North East - Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition


The regional Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition is open to all primary and secondary aged pupils in the North East of England, who can enter as individuals or groups of any size. The competition comprises two distinct categories:

The Mother Tongue category of the competition consists of two parts, the first of which is the poem itself. This can be an original, creative piece, or a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ (i.e. something in your first language that you recall, or that has been told to you by a relative) and can be in any language other than English. The second part should be a short explanation (no more than half a page) of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from, or why it is important to the person submitting it. This part must be written in English and is the part your entry will be judged on.

The Other Tongue category requires entries to be an original poem written in a language that is not the first language spoken by the person writing it. The languages you create your poem in should be studied in your school or as part of extra-curricular activity and can be any of the following: French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

Full details of the 2015 Mother Tongue Other Tongue national competition can be found here, with information about how to enter the North East regional competition available here.

The above video has been produced entirely for educational purposes and is intended to be used only in an educational setting. Translations are the speakers’ own and are featured with their permission. Routes into Languages North East would like to thank all of the academics for their contribution.