Barton Peveril Students Thrive in Linguistics Olympiad

The eight participants of the UKLO from the Barton Peveril Linguistics Club

Students from the Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Linguistics Club have been victorious in the first round of the Advanced UK Linguistics Olympiad, which took place in mid-February.

Eight students from the Barton Peveril linguistics club passed the Olympiad, with one bronze medalist, two silver medalists, and one gold medalist. The challenge sets out to test students’ problem solving and logical thinking skills, as they confront five unfamiliar regional and tribal languages. Students that partake in the Olympiad learn macro, micro, theoretical, concrete, applied and creative skills, as they learn to translate phrases in unforeseen languages, through finding patterns in the text given. 

Dougie Howells, a First Year student at the College, is one of the 90 gold medalists in the first stage of this year’s contest. A total of 1700 students took part in the national Olympiad. Howells began to be interested in linguistics early on, whilst he was studying Spanish and German in Year Eight. Whilst at secondary school, Dougie was introduced to the Linguistic Olympiad by one of his language teachers. His interest in linguistics was further supported by the facilities available at the college, such as the Linguistics Club. 

Speaking on his success, the former Brookfield Community School student said:

I’m super pleased to have achieved gold in the UKLO, and I’m really excited for round two! I’m also really thrilled the club has been such a success, even without the strong results we got. I can’t wait for next year – hopefully there’ll be even more certificates!’

Howells will go on to compete in the second round of the Advanced competition on Wednesday March 22.

The eight participants of the UKLO from the Barton Peveril Linguistics Club

Students from the Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Linguistics Club have been victorious in the first round of the Advanced UK Linguistics Olympiad, which took place in mid-February.

Eight students from the Barton Peveril linguistics club passed the Olympiad, with one bronze medalist, two silver medalists, and one gold medalist. The challenge sets out to test students’ problem solving and logical thinking skills, as they confront five unfamiliar regional and tribal languages. Students that partake in the Olympiad learn macro, micro, theoretical, concrete, applied and creative skills, as they learn to translate phrases in unforeseen languages, through finding patterns in the text given. 

Dougie Howells, a First Year student at the College, is one of the 90 gold medalists in the first stage of this year’s contest. A total of 1700 students took part in the national Olympiad. Howells began to be interested in linguistics early on, whilst he was studying Spanish and German in Year Eight. Whilst at secondary school, Dougie was introduced to the Linguistic Olympiad by one of his language teachers. His interest in linguistics was further supported by the facilities available at the college, such as the Linguistics Club. 

Speaking on his success, the former Brookfield Community School student said:

I’m super pleased to have achieved gold in the UKLO, and I’m really excited for round two! I’m also really thrilled the club has been such a success, even without the strong results we got. I can’t wait for next year – hopefully there’ll be even more certificates!’

Howells will go on to compete in the second round of the Advanced competition on Wednesday March 22.

Update: Howells achieved a distinction in the 2nd Round of the Olympiad. Of the 90 participants, Howells was in the top 25%.

Speaking on Round 2, Howells said:

I really can’t believe the result and so I’m incredibly pleased. Hopefully I can do it again next year, even if it means another three-and-a-half-hour exam!”

Jacqueline Cheetham, Subject Leader of German, supervises the club:

It’s been a real privilege working with the Linguistics Club this year and giving students the opportunity to try out the Olympiad, during which students aim to identify how different languages are structured.  What a success story.”

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