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A-level Language Debates

NICILT runs the Northern Ireland A-level French, Spanish and German debating competitions for schools in collaboration with a range of organisations.

These events are especially designed to support AS and A2 language studies and help pupils gain enhanced speaking and listening skills in their chosen language. The competitions usually take place at Queen's University Belfast in February and March. Registration will open in the Autumn term, and if the competitions are over-subscribed, schools will be chosen in a live Facebook draw in December. The 2019-20 competition will be open for registration soon and we particularly welcome entries from non-selective post-primary schools. Entries from these schools will be automatically given a place at the event.

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Pupils from 28 post-primary schools exhibit their creations and market French-speaking towns in the Whitla Hall at Queen's University Belfast.

Over 100 Year 10 pupils of French attended the event this year, alongside their teachers, 25 judges and the PGCE French specialist students studying at the University. Judges from a variety of organisations, including the Institut Français, the British Council, the Department of Education, the Cercle Français de Belfast, the Tourist Board as well as from French Studies at the University judged each of the stands to decide on the winners.

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