French A-level Translation Competition

The French section of the Department of Languages, Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University is holding its annual Translation Competition for A-Level students.

The French section of the Department of Languages, Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University is holding its second annual Translation Competition for A-Level students. 

The translation task is to produce an English version of part of a book titled Nico perdu à Londres by Hubert Ben Kemoun (Editions Nathan 2011).  Ben Kemoun is a childrens’ writer and playwright who is almost unknown in English speaking countries. 

The competition aims to promote language learning through French popular culture.  It will introduce A-Level students to the challenges of translating a range of grammatical structures, colloquial expressions and cultural references into authentic English.

Nico perdu à Londres is about a French schoolboy called Nico who goes on a  school trip to London with his teacher Mlle Nony and his friends Farid, Pierrick and Hugo.  It gives a light-hearted view of English life seen through French eyes.  The passage to be translated describes him getting lost outside Buckingham Palace.

You can view the text here:

 Nico Perdu à Londres!

Schools are asked to submit 2 entries chosen internally from among their participating students and to send both to the following address: hlssschools@mmu.ac.uk

Deadline for Entries: 21 January 2019

Entries will be judged by a panel chosen by the Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Schools Liaison