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Year 10 student Sophia has been crowned winner of this year’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, considered by many as one of the country’s most prestigious multilingual poetry competitions. Chaired by Poet Laureate Dame Carole Ann Duffy the competition celebrates cultural diversity and the variety of languages spoken in the classroom.

At the start of the year students from across the country aged between nine and eighteen were invited to enter one or both parts of the competition, known as Mother Tongue and Other Tongue. Mother Tongue encourages students who do not speak English as a first language to share a poem or song from their mother tongue. Participants are also asked to explain in English why the piece they have chosen is so significant to them. Other Tongue involves students writing a poem in a language they have learnt at School, such as French or Spanish.

Sophia demonstrated both her linguist ability and creative skill when she composed the beautiful French poem ‘Mon Seul Desir’. Out of thousands of Other Tongue entries competition judges selected Sophia’s poem as the Year 10 and 11 category winner.

The awards ceremony held at Manchester Metropolitan University saw this year’s North West winners praised by the city’s Lord Mayor, he congratulated them on their efforts and described them as, “young intellectuals of tomorrow who have a duty not only to learn another language but to encourage others to do the same”.

We would like to congratulate Sophia on her fantastic achievement, her hard work and dedication to her French studies has certainly paid off.

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