school language events

If you have always wanted to inspire the next generation of linguists, then there’s no time like the present!  We urgently need help from anyone who can participate at these school language events:

 lagnuage events
Wednesday 28th June Flying High at RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire. As you can see we are moving into the West Midlands, so we realise that this will be too far for most of you. However, do you have any language contacts in the West Midlands that might be able to help? In particular we are looking for people with German – the level doesn’t need to be particularly high as the students are year 10, so first year of GCSE. We are able to pay reasonable expenses. French and Spanish will also be involved.


Wednesday 5th July International Day at Bishop Stopford School in Kettering for Year 8. We run a World Trade Game in the morning, where we welcome volunteers with any international experience or language. In the afternoon we are asked to run language tasters in more unusual languages, particularly Chinese. We can help with a template for this. If you can do either the morning or the afternoon, that would be really helpful, and if you could do the whole day, that would be fantastic. Our budget for this is rather limited, so we would prefer  volunteers living within a 30 – 40 mile radius of Kettering. The school is within walking distance of the station.


If you are free on either of these days and would like to get involved please contact us or feel free to share amongst your multilingual friends and colleagues!


Thank as always for your support 🙂




The BLC team are old hands at running the European Challenge as it is one of our most popular language events but every year we are amazed by the enthusiasm of the students taking part and the brilliance of their end results.  This year’s European Challenge was no different and we’d just like to share a few of the best moments from the day with you.


European Challenge

The Brief:

Students were split up into groups to include a good mix of students from different schools and with two different languages (as we like to make things as challenging as possible!).

Once divided into their groups, the students were then given a variety of marketing tasks around the basic premise of selling Stilton cheese overseas, including:

  • Choosing a trade fair
  • Booking a hotel for the fair over the phone – with a volunteer acting as the hotel receptionist
  • Making a mock-up of their trade stand
  • Creating a 30 second advert in the target language
  • Creating a flyer in the target language
  • Giving a 4-minute presentation: with two minutes allocated to ‘selling Stilton to Lidl’ in one of their group’s languages with our volunteers providing a Dragon’s Den style board and the other two minutes talking about what they have learnt during the day in their other language.


European Challenge


Students also had to put their culinary knowledge to the test by devising a new speciality pizza with Stilton and other ingredients sourced from around Europe.  There was nothing stinky about the end results and as usual we had a difficult task in choosing a winner! Eventually we settled on:


Winners: Breadsticks team with students from ACS International School and Guildford High School

Runners-up: Flatbread team with students from King Edward’s Witley and Therfield School.

Business Language Champions European Challenge event

The feedback

We’ve had some great feedback so far from the schools who took part, including these kind words from the teachers who accompanied their students:


Thanks for running such an enjoyable day!” – Ali


Our pupils really enjoyed the day, so thank you very much. I think they particularly enjoyed the speeches at the start and felt they could understand much better how they might be able to use languages after school.” – Catherine


students participating in our European Challenges language event


For more information on how you can get your students involved in similar events please contact us on 01949 860167 or email Sally today.

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.