15 March 2019

The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 35th time on the 16th and 17th of January 2019. The essay titles on these two dates were posted on the Helsinki Finnish-British Society website for download on the competition day. Teachers then sent in the best essay from each class, and in all 107 shortlisted essays were received from a total of 29 schools throughout Finland.

The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, the University of Helsinki Department of Languages (English), and the Association of Teachers of English in Finland. The judges gave first prize to Otto Kannainen from Jyväskylän normaalikoulu for his brilliantly written and original short story beginning “Suddenly, things looked very different…”. A special mention from the judges goes to Krista Tikkanen from Ressun lukio for her moving story about gaining sight, Haiying Lu from Tampereen klassillinen lukio for her comic story on giving a speech, and Lucas Nguyen from Turun klassillinen lukio, who wrote a very good essay on money.

The standard of essays was very high, and the judges would like to congratulate the winner and the runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.

Mark Shackleton, Chair, Essay Writing Competition

 

First prize (500€ for a trip to the UK)

Otto Kanniainen Jyväskylän normaalikoulu
   

Runner up prizes (books)

Venla Halonen Pieksämäen lukio
Elsa von Konow Tampereen klassinen lukio
Linnea Lensu Jyväskylän normaalikoulu
Haiying Lu Tampereen klassillinen lukio
Lucas Nguyen Turun klassillinen lukio
Alpo Nykänen Ressun lukio
Saku Parttimaa Tampereen klassillinen lukio
Vuokko Salminen Tampereen klassillinen lukio
Krista Tikkanen  Ressun lukio

 

2019 Essay Competition Topics
1. Who needs love?
2. Money makes the world go round – or does it?
3. Are animals superior to humans?
4. If I ruled the world.
5. Write a short fictional story beginning with these words: "Suddenly, things looked very different."

 

Write an essay on one of these topics.

You should use between 200 and 250 words. Essays over 300 words will not be read.

Time: 90 minutes

1. Who needs love?
2. Money makes the world go round – or does it?
3. Are animals superior to humans?
4. If I ruled the world.
5. Write a short fictional story beginning with these words: "Suddenly, things looked very different."

Free Level Testing and Course Information

Not sure of your English language level and wondering which course is best for you?

Welcome to our free course information and level testing session on Thursday, the 21st of March 2019 from 14:00 until 19:00.

The test will take 30 minutes including an interview, a multiple-choice test and a recommendation for study based on your result on the CEFR scale A1- C2. Please note that the test is an unofficial indication of your level and does not include a certificate.

To book a test or appointment please visit our social activities pages or email us at finnbrit@finnbrit.fi

 

AN INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN THE FINNBRIT ENGLISH LANGUAGE WRITING COMPETITION

For the 35th time, the Federation of Finnish-British Societies together with Finnish-British Society Helsinki (FINNBRIT) is organising the annual national English language writing competition for those students who started Lukio (upper secondary school) in 2018.

RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

The date for the essay writing is either Wednesday 16 January or Thursday 17 January 2019. The essay topics are published on the FINNBRIT website on 16 January 2019 at 8:00 a.m.: www.finnbrit.fi

Only those students who started Lukio in 2018 can take part. The essay writing time is 90 mins. and the length of the essay should be 200-250 words (articles and prepositions count as words). The essay must be handwritten. Use of dictionaries or any other supporting material is not allowed. Each essay must contain the name and age of its writer and the full name of the school.

THE JUDGING PANEL

The panel of judges consists of representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, Helsinki University, the Association of Teachers of English in Finland, and FINNBRIT.

PRIZES

The first prize is 500€, which is to be put towards travelling to the UK (tickets refunded after purchase). The prizes for the 9 runners up are novels in English.

SUBMITTING ESSAYS TO THE FINNBRIT

The deadline for submitting the essays is Friday 8 February 2019. Teachers should use their own judgement in selecting two essays per group or class (or two essays per approx. 25 students if there are many students not divided into groups or classes). Please do not send all the essays from the group or class you are teaching. The selected essays should be scanned and sent by email as pdf attachments to finnbrit@finnbrit.fi. They can, if necessary, also be sent by post to Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, in which case early posting is required.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

The prize winners will be announced on the FINNBRIT website www.finnbrit.fi by Friday 15 March 2019. The book prizes and certificates will be sent to each school. The winner of the first prize will be contacted through the school.

FINNBRIT reserves the right to publish the winner’s name, the name of the school, as well as the winning essay in its membership magazine: www.finnish-britishsocieties.com > Magazines

 

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KUTSU FINNBRITIN ENGLANNINKIELISEEN KIRJOITUSKILPAILUUN

Federation of Finnish British Societies ja Finnish-British Society Helsinki (FINNBRIT) järjestävät 35. kerran valtakunnallisen englanninkielisen kirjoituskilpailun vuonna 2018 lukion aloittaneille oppilaille.

SÄÄNNÖT JA OHJEET

Kirjoitus päivä on ke 16.01 tai to 17.01.2019. Kirjoitusten aiheet julkaistaan FINNBRITIN kotisivulla 16.01.2019 klo 8.00: www.finnbrit.fi

Kilpailuun voivat osallistua lukion vuonna 2018 aloittaneet oppilaat. Kirjoitus aika on 90 min ja aineen tulee olla 200-250 sanaa pitkä, artikkelit ja prepositiot sisältäen. Aine tulee kirjoittaa käsin. Sanakirjan tai muun materiaalin käyttö ei ole sallittua. Jokaiseen kirjoitukseen tulee lisätä kirjoittajan nimi ja ikä sekä koulun nimi.

ARVOSTELULAUTAKUNTA


Arvostelulautakuntaan kuuluu Opetushallituksen, Helsingin yliopiston, englannin kielen opettajien yhdistyksen ja Finnish-British Societyn edustajia.

PALKINNOT


Kilpailun pääpalkinto on 500€ Iso-Britannian matkaa varten (maksetaan kuittia vastaan). Muut yhdeksän palkintoa ovat englanninkielistä kirjallisuutta.

AINEIDEN LÄHETTÄMINEN FINNBRITILLE

Kirjoitusten tulee olla perillä Finnbritissä pe 08.02.2019 mennessä. Opettaja valitsee oman harkintansa mukaisesti kaksi kirjoitusta jokaisesta ryhmästä (tai kaksi kirjoitusta jokaista n. 25 oppilasta kohden, jos oppilaita on paljon eikä ryhmiä tai luokkia ole käytössä). Koko ryhmän, luokan, tai koulun kirjoituksia ei pidä lähettää. Valitut kirjoitukset tulee lähettää sähköpostilla skannattuna osoitteeseen finnbrit@finnbrit.fi. Ne voi lähettää myös postitse osoitteeseen Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki, missä tapauksessa ne tulee laittaa postiin muutamaa päivää ennen määräaikaa.

VOITTAJIEN JULKAISEMINEN

Tiedot voittajista julkaistaan FINNBRITIN verkkosivulla www.finnbrit.fi viimeistään pe 15.03.2019. Todistukset ja kirjat toimitetaan voittajien kouluun. Pääpalkinnon voittajaan otetaan yhteyttä koulun kautta.

FINNBRIT pidättää itsellään oikeuden julkaista voittajan nimi, voittajan koulun nimi, sekä voittanut kirjoitus jäsenlehdessään: www.finnish-britishsocieties.com > Magazines

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