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British English Olympics

British English Olympics

Do you have what it takes to compete against schools from around the world?

The British English Olympics (BEO) offers a chance for ambitious international students and schools to put themselves to the test in a series of academic and problem-solving challenges. Based at prestigious locations in the UK, students also learn about British culture and history, whilst making friends with other students from all over the world.
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

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Improve your use of English in real-life situations

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Develop the ability to express your academic knowledge

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Get a head start on future international academic opportunities

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Build knowledge & understanding of other cultures

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Improve your critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills

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Develop key skills such as leadership, public speaking, team-building, negotiation and debating

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About the programme

The British English Olympics expands students’ English and academic skills – whilst also being a lot of fun!

The aim of our English Olympics is to further students’ understanding of the English language while helping them develop skills in leadership, public speaking, team-building and time management – all necessary for future leaders. Team members must work closely together, support one another, and strive to be the best they can be.

Every year the contest focuses on a topical theme which provides a forum for students to explore important global political and social issues. Previous years have been devoted to subjects such as globalisation, sustainable development, the digital revolution and social media.

The competition consists of a series of challenges for the teams, which are assessed and graded by a select panel of judges.

 

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BEO 2020 Competition Guidelines

Registered schools can access the BEO guidelines here

 

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Competition Stages

First round

At each of our campuses, schools will be divided into two competition groups of 8-12 teams. These teams will compete against each other in all academic events. The top four teams from each competition group go forward to the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals

Semi-final competition groups are formed by 8 teams mixed from typically two different campuses. The teams compete in two events: a Mystery Event, and their chosen presentation.

Grand Final

The top two teams from each semi-final group will go through to the Grand Final. The Grand Final events are: a Mystery Event & The BEO Debate.

Winner

Runner up Third Place

Judging & prizes

CAMPUS AWARDS
Each campus will hold its own awards ceremony, with trophies awarded for the best performance of every event in each group. There will also be a ‘Fair Play’ award for the school that has contributed most to their campus and shown the best team spirit, along with awards for the talent show and individual excellence.

GRAND AWARD CEREMONY & PRIZES
The climax of the annual British English Olympics is the glittering closing awards ceremony, which takes place at a world-famous London venue and is attended by VIP guests – ambassadors, cultural attachés and business leaders from participating countries.

Cultural Programme

Three full-day visits to London, a full-day in Oxford ore Cambridge are included in the programme. Depending on the location of the campus, the programme will also include a visit one of the following: Brighton, Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon, or Portsmouth.

Destinations

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London, Oxford & Cambridge, Brighton, Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon &/or Portsmouth

London Attractions

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Big Ben & the UK Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey

Museums

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The British Museum, The National Gallery

Notable sites

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Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, The London Eye, Tower Bridge

Ardingly College

Unnamed Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6SQ, UK

Benenden School

Greenwood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4AA, UK

Bradfield College

Bradfield College, Bradfield, Reading RG7, UK

Christ's Hospital School

The Avenue, Horsham RH13, UK

London

Nelson's Column, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DU, UK

Oxford

100 Market St, Oxford OX1 3DY, UK

Brighton

31 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, UK

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, Wellington Rd, Middlesex, Longford, Hounslow TW6 1JH, UK

Gatwick Airport

South Terminal, Perimeter Rd E, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

Stansted Aiport

Terminal, Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK

Locations

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Location & Dates

To host the British English Olympics, we partner with some of the finest schools in the country, set in stunning locations and surrounded by beautiful English countryside. All our partner schools are situated within two hours of London with easy access to international airports. All have large common rooms, and meals are provided on campus, with packed lunches and / or meal vouchers given on excursion days. Sites are highly secure, with combination codes for dormitory access, security patrols and CCTV cameras.

Oxford International staff are housed in the same buildings as the students and are available 24/7 should any issues arise.

Timeline

September

Schools register for the competition

Schools will be able to download guidelines from our website… Accompanying teachers will be able to gain access to clarifications and practice materials.

Teams prepare for the events as part of their extra-curricular programme at school

April

Eligibility & Registration

HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE BRITISH ENGLISH OLYMPICS

The BEO is a highly academic programme and we encourage you to select 10 to 20 of the most gifted students from your school to participate.

ELIGIBILITY

Please complete the registration form and return it to your local representative. To enter the competition, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be between 12-16 years of age.
  • Students should have a minimum of B1+ English level.
  • Students must be accompanied by a dedicated teacher having a very high level of English.

 

One of our academic team will be happy to arrange a Skype call to discuss the programme with you in detail prior to enrolling to ensure you are ready to join the programme.

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