Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Routes into Languages Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competiton!

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a multilingual poetry competition run by Routes into Languages that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in schools across the UK. Other Tongue entries are an original poem written in a language that is not the first language spoken by the person writing it.

We are delighted that there are five German poems among the winning submissions for the ‘Other Tongue’ North West section!

Herzlichen Glückwunsch to Faye Norton from St Hilda’s Church of England High School, whose beautiful poem “Der Fluss” was a winner in the Year 7, 8, 9 category for the North West Region! Keira Brash’s (Lymm High School) excellent poem “Du solltest nicht hier sein” was a winner in the Year 10 & 11 North West category. Another winning entry in the Year 10 & 11 North West category is the beautiful poem “Schau darüber hinaus” from Amie Cooper (Helsby High School). And a huge “gut gemacht!” goes to Noor Al-Saffar from Manchester High School for Girls. Her poem “Regenbogen am Fenster” makes a convincing case for languages and intercultural understanding, and is another well-deserved winner in the Year 12 & 13 category! Herzlichen Glückwunsch to Jessica Wilson (pictured below) from Cardinal Newman College, who has written a moving poem about a mother separated by the Berlin Wall from her child. A well-deserved winner in the Year 12 & 13 North West category!

Congratulations to all the winners! You can read all the winning poems here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/mothertongueothertongue/winners/

Year 12 student Jessica Wilson has won in the Northwest section of the competition with her poem in German about a mother separated by the Berlin Wall from her child. The poem is inspired by a real-life event which Jess read about in an article in The Guardian. The Berlin Wall is a key part of the A level German course in Year 13. There were a record number of entries this year but due to the CONVID-19 pandemic, the celebration event at Manchester University will not take place but there the anthology to showcase the poems has been released.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition
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