A-level students from over 160 schools across the country were invited to write a 500 word essay on the subject of ‘Languages and Globalization’ in either French, German or Spanish for the Lancaster University Modern Languages Essay Prize. The entries were assessed by a panel of academics in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University. The winner was Isabella Schiavo from Oldham Sixth Form College, with an essay written in Spanish. The two runners-up were Alexandra MacNaughton from Putney High School and Grace Martin from King’s High School, Warwick, who wrote essays in Spanish and German, respectively. Isabella’s essay stood out due to both her very good command of Spanish, particularly of complex grammar and sophisticated idiomatic expression, as well as the excellent academic research skills she demonstrated together with sensitive analysis of a challenging topic. Isabella attended an Easter School run by the Department on April 4th, where she was presented with her certificate and prize, a £100 book voucher, and together with other A-level students from across Lancashire, attended lectures and taster sessions on the study of languages and film.