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22/11/2010 00:00:00

Teenagers from 46 British schools will be joining youngsters from all over Europe tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 November) to test their language skills in the fourth annual "Juvenes Translatores" Young Translators' contest for schools, organised by the European Commission.

Some 3,300 teenagers will face the two hour test simultaneously in schools from Lapland in Finland to Limassol in Cyprus providing them with a chance to try out what it is like to be a translator.

“I am delighted that so many schools want to take part in the contest," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

 "This is a super opportunity for young people to pit their language skills against the best students in other countries. It also demonstrates an excellent commitment to language learning by education authorities and teachers."

Pupils receive a one-page text at 9.00 GMT and will have until 11.00 GMT to translate it as fluently as possible from a language of their choice into any of the EU's 23 official languages.

Professional translators from the Commission's Directorate-General for Translation will evaluate and mark the translations. The best translation will be chosen by the competition jury from each EU member state and the winners will be announced in February 2011.

As in previous years, all the national winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Brussels to receive their prizes from Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and to meet EU translators.

    Background
    The first-ever Juvenes Translatores contest was organised as a trial run in 2007–2008, followed by a second in 2008-2009. Reactions from both the participants and their teachers from the two competitions run so far were so enthusiastic that a third edition has been organised.
    More than 1600 schools applied to take part in the contest – the highest number since it was launched, but for practical reasons, the Commission used a random selection method to determine which schools could take part.

    Entrants must be born in 1993 and each school can enter up to five pupils to take part in the test.

    List of schools selected from the United Kingdom

    o Ashby School, Nottingham Road, Ashby de la Zouch
    o BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College), 205 Dyke Road, Hove
    o Bellerbys College, 1 Billinton Way, Brighton
    o Berwick Community High School, Adams Drive, Berwick upon Tweed
    o Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield
    o Cathays High School, Crown Way, Cardiff
    o Chigwell School, High Road, Chigwell
    o Cookstown High School, Molesworth Street, Cookstown
    o Didcot Girls' School, Manor Crescent, Didcot
    o Easingwold School, York Road, Easingwold
    o Edgbaston High School for Girls, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston
    o Ellon Academy, Schoolhill, Ellon
    o Exmouth Community College, Gipsy Lane, Exmouth
    o George Heriot's School, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
    o Glenalmond College, Glenalmond, Perth
    o Highcliffe School, Parkside, Highcliffe
    o Hutchesons' Grammar School, 21 Beaton Road, Glasgow
    o James Allen's Girls' School, 144 East Dulwich Grove, London
    o John Leggott College, West Common Lane, Scunthorpe
    o King Edward VI, Upper St John Street, Lichfield
    o King Edward VI Camp Hill School For Boys, Vicarage Road, King's Heath, Birmingham
    o Lancaster Girls' Grammar School, Regent Street, Lancaster
    o Longsands College, Longsands Road, St Neots, Cambridge
    o Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire
    o Morrison's Academy, Ferntower Road, Crieff
    o Our Lady & St. Patrick's College, Knock, Kingsway Gardens, Belfast
    o Park View Community School, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street
    o Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton
    o Robert Gordon's College, Schoolhill,     Aberdeen
    o Royal Forest of Dean College, Five Acres Campus, Berry Hill, Coleford
    o Runshaw College, Langdale Road, Leyland
    o St Colman's College, 46 Armagh Road, Violet Hill, Newry
    o St George's School for Girls, Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh
    o St Gregory's RC Science College, Donnington Road, London
    o St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls, Pound Street, Carshalton
    o Stewart's Melville College, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh
    o The Mary Erskine School, Ravelston, Edinburgh
    o The Mount School, Dalton Terrace, York
    o The North Halifax Grammar School, Moorbottom Road Illingworth, Halifax
    o The Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave
    o The Tiffin Girls' School, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames
    o Watford Grammar School for Boys, Rickmansworth Road, Watford
    o Wilberforce College, Saltshouse Road, Kingston upon Hull
    o Wilson's School, Mollison Drive, Wallington
    o Winchester College, College Street, Winchester
    o Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan (Lampeter Comprehensive School), Peterwell Terrace, Lampeter

    Full list of competing schools

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

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