Modern Languages Schools Essay Prize

The Department of Languages and Cultures have launched their Schools Essay Prize for 2017, which is on the topic of ‘Languages and Globalisation’.

Schools are invited to hold an essay competition for their Modern Languages A-level students and to submit one essay for consideration for the Lancaster University Modern Languages Schools Essay Prize.

Essays should be written in French, German or Spanish, no longer than 500 words, and include a bibliography.  The winner will be awarded a book token to the value of £100, alongside two runner-up prizes of £25.

Any schools interested in participating, please contact Dr Alana Jackson for more information at

The deadline for receipt of essays is 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

2014 Essay Prize

The topic for 2014 was 'Foreign Cultures'. Students were able to interpret it as freely as they wish in a 500-word essay in the language of their choice.

Stephen Cole of Cockermouth School was awarded first prize for his outstanding essay ‘L’appréciation culturelle ou l’appropriation culturelle’.

Stephen's essay was praised for its clarity, coherence and linguistic quality.

Tamsin Johnson from Cranbrook School was awarded second prize for her essay in German, and the third prize went to Rosie Fraser from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School for her essay in Spanish.

Rosie Fraser’s teacher, Miss Kate Whitehouse, said, ‘We were delighted that our student came third, and it was good to see that she gets the same feedback from your colleagues as from us. She used the essay as a point of discussion in one of her interviews for a university where she secured a place, so whether the entrants win or not, these kinds of motivational opportunities can go a long way!’