Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Other Tongue competition

Supplementary guidelines and information for Other Tongue entries

  • Teachers may issue appropriate support materials to help learners write their poems just as they normally would in writing activities.

  • It is acceptable for a similar approach to be used in a number of poems entered by the same centre, but efforts should be made to ensure poems represent learners' own work.

  • It is acceptable to use approaches that draw from published materials like novels, poems, films, adverts, leaflets, newspapers, etc. provided that poems produced represent learners' own work.

  • Very restricted approaches may disadvantage learners in terms of originality. 

  • Teachers should encourage learners to aim for accuracy in terms of spelling, grammar, syntax, etc.

  • Judges will be mindful of the fact that poems may play with language or use non-standard structures for effect. However, where it is obvious that there are errors and/or these detract from the overall effect, judges may take this into consideration.

  • Learners are invited to provide a brief summary of their poem in English. This is not compulsory but it may assist the judging process to know more information about the poem/poet. This should require no more than a few sentences. The competition does not prescribe the content of these summaries but some examples may be;

      • The learners reasons for choosing to write about a particular subject
      • Their general feelings about the poem or the experience of writing a poem in another language
      • The thinking behind their choice of words and/or use of figurative language
      • Details of any materials they have drawn upon and what they thought of these

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