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Routes into Languages South West MFL Speaking Competition 2018

05 April 2018

On Wednesday 21st March, RHS hosted the annual Routes into Languages MFL Speaking Competition. 80 students from 16 schools across the South West competed in different languages in non-native and near-native categories. We welcomed judges from the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and the University of Plymouth Business School. Two of our students share their experiences below.

Hosted at the Royal High School, the South West Routes into Languages MFL Speaking Competition took place on Wednesday 21st March. Many schools throughout the South West attended and consequently, there were a large number of competitors speaking a range of languages, such as French, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin. Being both a participant (in the KS3 non-native category) and a spectator, I can honestly say the level at which the students were performing was to a very high standard and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Having prepared and practised hard, I was ready with my speech, however, also worried as I did not want to let myself or my teachers down. Walking up to the front, to take centre stage was the most terrifying part by far. Although, when I turned around, I gratefully received a very good (and full) audience and a smiling (yet slightly intimidating) panel of judges. All the performances ran well and it was a great achievement for everyone to be representing their school in such a positive way.

However, this amazing experience wouldn’t have been possible without Miss Cossey. Thank you very much for this great day, from myself and everyone else who I'm sure would like to express their appreciation for such a rare and enjoyable opportunity.

By Eliza Hyde (Competitor - Year 9)


As a spectator, I heard a lot of inspiring speeches in different languages which consisted of French, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin. From listening to the presentations I learnt new vocabulary from each of the different languages. The speeches included a lot of detail, were all unique, and each lasted for around three minutes. The competition was very tight, as everyone did so well. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

By Kasandra Lo (Student Ambassador – Year 9)

Congratulations to the seven students who represented the school. All RHS students received a certificate of merit. Special congratulations to Annabelle White who was placed runner-up in the near-native KS4 category for her French presentation.

Year 9

Alisha Kayani (German)

Eliza Hyde (French)

Year 10

Elise Illingworth (Mandarin)

Phoebe Aisher (Spanish)

Annabelle White (French)

Year 12

Mathilda Craig (French)

Emily Yan (Spanish)

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