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Mother Tongue, Other Tongue

Posted at 9:48 am on 27th June, 2023

Wellacre Success in MFL Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce that Wellacre students have showcased their creative flair for modern foreign languages and creativity in the ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue‘ competition, organised by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Routes into Languages North West.

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Wellacre’s MFL Department invited Wellacre students to enter as part of a House poetry competition with house points were awarded for the best entries and these winning poems were also submitted to the regional competition. 

Students across all years who have a home language different to English (Mother Tongue) were invited to reproduce a learned/heard poem or song and supply a commentary to explain its importance. 

Year 8 students were also invited to create their own poem in French.

We can announce that there were six winners overall in the Wellacre House competition, and it has been confirmed that Aiden, Year 9, and Sam, Year 8, impressed MMU with their efforts and will be included in the university’s ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue’ anthology. 

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‘Mother Tongue’ Housepoint Winners

‘Commiserating with the Farmers by Aiden, Year 9: Mandarin poem 

‘Pakistan’ by Ameer, Year 8: Urdu poem 


‘Other Tongue’ Housepoint Winners

‘Manchester’ by Sam, Year 8 

Les Roses sont Rouges’ by Nathan, Year 8

‘Boulangerie’ by Taylor, Year 8

‘Sonnet de l’été’ by Noah, Year 8

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Mrs Horridge, Teacher of MFL, said:

“The poetry competition allowed and encouraged our students to share their home language, as well as they have learned in French lessons, in a creative way. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diversity of languages and culture at Wellacre.

“I look forward to accompanying Aiden and Sam to the MMU celebration event in July and seeing them collecting their copies of the anthology.”

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