language events

This year’s winners of SCOOP! our languages and journalism event, enjoyed their prize recently when they visited the Independent in London.


The team of Year 12 students from Oakham School in Rutland were victorious in the languages and journalism event, which we ran back in March and as a well-deserved reward for all of their hard work, enjoyed a day out at the Independent.  The budding linguists, who competed in French to win this year’s SCOOP! title, were treated to a  tour from Deputy Managing Editor Sean O’Grady and a talk from Ally McKay on the sports desk.


By the looks of these photos we’d say they enjoyed it!

SCOOP! winners at The Independent  SCOOP winners 2015 enjoying their prize2015 SCOOP! winners Oakham School at The Independent







If you’d like to find out more about SCOOP! or how you can enter your students for any of our language events please contact Business Language Champions on 01949 860167 or email Sally Fagan.



We’re inviting students from across the East Midlands to take part in an exciting event to improve their language and science skills.  The International Space Challenge 2015 will take place in the autumn term, with the winners receiving a special day out at the National Space Centre in Leicester.


This event is aimed at 2015/16 Year 10 and 11 students who are taking languages and science and will give them the opportunity to use and improve their skills as well as increasing their understanding of how languages open up career possibilities.


This event was piloted in Derbyshire last year and thanks to funding received from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers we are able to extend the challenge to students across the East Midlands for 2015.


The challenge will consist of three stages:


1. Preliminary round – Making a short video
2. Semi-final – Ten best teams from each county battle it out at morning event
3. Final – best two teams from each semi-final face a final day challenge at the beginning of December


Interested in applying?

If you would like to enter one or more teams of students for this year’s International Space Challenge, here’s what you need to know:


  • Teams must have six students (all of whom need to be studying the same language)
  • Each team should submit a 3-minute video based on the criteria outlined here – ISC video challenge – Prelim round
  • Videos must be uploaded by Thursday 17 September 2015
  • If you would like to take part please let us know by Friday 30th June 2015

This challenge is initially open to schools with higher pupil premium percentage.  Please email Sally Fagan now to discuss eligibility.



We are urgently looking for speakers of French, German, Italian or Spanish to help out at a Business Language Champions event in Stamford, Lincolnshire.


The event takes place on the 3rd of February 2015 and we would really love to have a couple more volunteers involved.


You don’t need to necessarily have a high level of proficiency in the language but what would be really helpful is a sales or marketing experience.


If you think you could help please contact us today!


Many thanks 🙂

We are delighted to announce that we have now finalised our programme of regional school language events for this year and have updated our website to contain all the new opportunities available to schools looking for inspiring language events.

For instance you may be interested in the first event –  the European Challenge.  As this was so popular last year, we are running it twice in 2015 once in the South of the region and once in the North. We have limited numbers for all events, so please make sure you apply in good time!

Here’s an overview of what else is going on:

International Space Challenge heat3rd February 2015 European Challenge – sales and marketing event for Year 10/11 Stamford Welland Academy
12th February 2015 European Challenge – sales and marketing event for Year 10/11 Nottingham Girls’ High School
6th March 2015 SCOOP! – languages and journalism event for Years 12/13 St. George’s Academy, Sleaford
24th March 2015 The Challenge of China – a language and business masterclass for Years 9 – 13 University of Nottingham
21st April 2015 GCHQ Day – languages in intelligence and security for Years 9+ Joseph Whitaker School, Mansfield
1st July 2015 Flying High – languages in the RAF for Year 10+ RAF Cranwell, nr Sleaford

You can find more information on our Opportunities for Schools page or you can contact us here at Business Language Champions to find out more.

It’s been a busy start to the year here at Business Language Champions but we are delighted to be able to update you with some news and photos from our latest language events held at schools across the county.


Take for example, the International Space Challenge heat at Derby Academy yesterday.  The standard of work produced was really fantastic and as you’ll see from the photos below the final exhibits were literally out of this world!


International Space Challenge heat  International Space Challenge Heat at Derby AcademyInternational Space Challenge Heat








Please stay tuned for an update on the International Space Challenge 2014 as we progress to the finals.

The University of Nottingham are holding their annual Film Workshops for AS pupils on 1st and 2nd July 2014. The workshops, which run in the morning from 9.30 – 12.30 and in the afternoon from 13.00 – 16.00, will be held in the Hallward Library Screening Room at the University.


There’s an exciting range of films on offer and not just for those studying languages. All films will be subtitled and the Russian and American films would be very appropriate for a range of audiences, including pupils studying History and General Studies as well as those studying Russian or American literature


The post-film workshops will be an excellent opportunity for students to practise their language, cultural or film analytical skills. Activities will be appropriate to AS/A2/IB levels and will be led by University of Nottingham academic staff and post-graduate students.


The timetable is as follows:




1st July 2014


Das Wunder von Bern/The Miracle of Bern (2003)


La Haine (1995)


2nd July 2014


Last of the Mohicans (1992)


Vanished Empire/ Izcheznuvshaia imperiia (2008)



If you would like to find out more information or book places for your pupils for these film sessions please contact by June 16th

Another recent event we want to tell you all about is SCOOP! – our language and journalism event which was kindly hosted this year by Beauchamp College in Leicester.


10 teams from all around the region, took part in the session to challenge their language and writing skills. Six teams working in Spanish, and 2 each in French and German, had to create the front page of a new foreign language newspaper from rolling news stories and verbal press announcements in various languages. They were also tasked with selling advertising space and creating an advert.


Students at SCOOPlanguages and journalism event











In the afternoon students had to choose a celebrity to promote their new paper and create a promotional poster and Twitter message to promote it. Newspapers, adverts and tweets were presented to the judging team at the end of the day.


Congratulating students at ScoopWorking hard at our languages event









It was a difficult decision but the judges eventually decided on the winners. Congratulations to Leicester High School and runners up Repton School. St. George’s Academy from Sleaford also received a special award for creating a Twitter account and already having followers by the time they presented!


Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about running this event at your school.


We’ve been really busy running Business Language Champions projects over the past few weeks but now it is time to update you on how the events were received by staff and students.


Firstly let’s look at the Unravelling Russia workshop in which 57 students from 10 different schools across the region gathered at the University of Nottingham to take part in. In the ornate surroundings of the Senate Chamber and the Great Hall, the students aged from 13 to 17 were put into teams of mixed schools and age – all named after a Russian city.


Students working hard at Unravelling Russia workshop Students working at Russian workshop


We took as a theme the winter Olympics in Sochi – since it was topical and we hoped interesting to the students.  Our thanks go out to keynote speaker Rachel Farmer – a Russian specialist who travels regularly to Russia and the ‘stans’ doing management training in Russian and consultancy.






The event featured language tasters in Polish (for those already learning Russian) and in Russian for those new to the language, as well as the main business activity  – to develop a piece of merchandise for the Russian teenager with an Olympic mascot branding.


Whilst teams delivered presentations on their business challenge, they also enjoyed writing their names in Russian, participating in an alphabet challenge, talking all about the Olympics, eating Russian food and hearing from final year Russian students about their year abroad.

It was a jam packed event which was really fun to be involved in.


work created during Unravelling Russia workshopStudents at Unravelling Russia


Here is what some of the students from Trinity School in Nottingham had to say:



The highlight of Russian Day was learning key phrases in Russian. Just learning things like hello or goodbye can really help you get along in a country.”








Russian is very different to anything I have seen before but I am considering starting to learn it after the Russian day experience.”


The business aspect of the day made it even more interesting and competitive.”


My favourite part was the Russian food!


Please do get in touch with the BLC team if you’d like to find out more about running this event in your school.


We are now approaching our busiest term as year 9 students prepare to choose their option subjects. We are looking for volunteers to help promote languages at various events and our thanks go to those of you who have already offered your support.


We have many events planned for the new term but here are a selection that we are looking for support with:



1. Language and Business Masterclass: ‘Unravelling Russia’, 30th January 2014 at the University of Nottingham. We would like volunteers who can speak some Russian, are Russian or who travel to Russia regularly on business.

2. SCOOP! 6th February 2014 at Beauchamp College in Leicester. Language and Journalism day.  We will welcome BLCs who have a good level of French, German or Spanish or who have experience in the media.

3.Language and Business Masterclass: ‘Journey to Japan’, 28th February 2014 at Brooksby Hall near Melton Mowbray – We need volunteers who are Japanese or who have learnt Japanese or who have significant experience working with Japan.

4. European Challenge, Tues. 25th March at Nottingham Girls High School. Volunteers with French, German or Spanish (doesn’t have to be at a particularly high level) or experience of selling and marketing in Europe

5. Flying High, 3rd July at RAF Cranwell, nr. Sleaford. We will need volunteers with French, German or Spanish, possibly also Russian (doesn’t have to be at a particularly high level)




Oakham School International Marketing Challenge, 18th June 2014 – In particular we are looking for someone with international marketing experience for the morning.

Bishop Stopford School, Kettering, International Day 9th July 2014  – Any language or background would be very welcome.



If you would like to help out at any of these events please contact us for more information.

Here are some photos taken at the War of the Words debating challenge held at the end of November.


We would like to congratulate the winners, Repton School, and the runners-up, Groby Community College!


war of the words 2013  war of the words 2013 debating challenge

war of the words   war of the words 2013

We look forward to bringing you many more exciting language events in 2014!