Spanish student wins top prize in university language competition

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Image.pngA Level student Isabella Schiavo has won the top prize in Lancaster University’s national languages essay competition.  160 schools and colleges were given the opportunity to enter the competition, which involved writing a fully researched essay on the broad topic of languages and globalisation.  Isabella won £100 in book vouchers, which she’s saving up for university books, and the opportunity to visit Lancaster University for the award ceremony and to get involved in lectures and language taster sessions.

When asked why Isabella chose to enter the competition, she said, “I wanted a challenge over the Christmas break and a chance to practice Spanish in a different way.  I’m hoping to study Spanish and Italian at Durham University so it was also a chance to develop my research skills ready for next year.”

“Congratulations to Isabella Schiavo for winning the Modern Languages Essay Prize writing a fully researched essay in Spanish. Glad you took on the opportunity to develop your academic writing in Spanish in this competition. I am really happy for you, you did a brilliant job writing an in a sophisticated style, using a range of tenses and wrote in an academic way accurately. It is impressive how well you familiarised yourself with the MLA referencing style and included relevant bibliography on the topic of Globalisation. Wish you all the best in your future university course in Spanish and Italian next year.” Gemma Curto, Tutor for Spanish.

Isabella is particularly looking forward to the year abroad as part of her degree and has hopes to spend 6 months in South America practicing Spanish and getting involved in humanitarian work.

Congratulations Isabella on this outstanding achievement!

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