Forget Strictly Come Dancing, it’s all about Strictly 1000 Words!

So you’d think the team at Vocab Express would have enough to keep them busy with the National Championship, the Global Challenge and the 1000 Word Challenge. But as language learning through competition is such an integral part of what we do, we’re delighted to be working with the Language Show Live, Speak to the Future and Oxford University Press on the launch of the new Strictly 1000 Words national language competition. Language enthusiasts and students from schools (primary and secondary), colleges and universities up and down the country are invited to create a two to three minute video via the Language Live Show website which contains no more than 1,000 words in another language. This could be a short film, a song, interview, promotional advert, role-play, animation or perhaps a piece of poetry – entrants can be as creative as they like, just as long as it’s limited to 1000 words.

The vocabulary used needs to be accurate, well pronounced and clearly delivered and if entrants are feeling particularly daring, they can use more than one language. The video should be a celebration of language and culture, whether factual or fictional. We’re so passionate about the competition, our very own Justin Sycamore, managing director of Vocab Express will be on the judging panel looking for the most impressive videos!

So what’s in it for me? I hear you cry. For adult entrants, first prize is a two night stay for two people including breakfast in a DJH Rheinland hostel in Cologne, Düsseldorf or Bonn – perfect for those who want to put their German speaking skills to the test or with a real interest in the country’s culture and history. (This includes return train tickets from London to Cologne!)As for primary, secondary and FE student entrants, they will receive a year’s subscription to Vocab Express for a course applicable to them. And to help you swot up on tricky terminology, language dictionaries courtesy of Oxford University Press will also be given out as prizes. They’ll also be offering an iPad for one lucky winner fully loaded with Oxford University Press apps to support language learning even further.

Applications close on 11 July, with the eight finalists announced at the end of September. The talented finalists will win the opportunity to perform their piece in front of 9,000 attendees on Saturday 18 October at Language Show Live 2014.

If you’re in need of a little inspiration and would like to rifle through a range of vocabulary lists to help you with your entry, visit:

For more information on the Strictly 1000 Words competition and to enter, visit:

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