Two students from Indonesia and China have been on the trip of a lifetime to London and the Paralympics after winning the British Council’s Languages for the Games competition. Starting in February and ending in May, the global contest for schoolchildren was part of the British Council’s range of English learning initiatives around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, was a recent recipient of a Brainshark Non-profit Grant. Click here for information about the Non-profit program.
The objective of Languages for the Games was to challenge schoolchildren to show creativity in a second language while raising awareness for the Paralympic Games. The objective was to create a multimedia, online presentation which demonstrated creativity and originality, in this case using English as a foreign language.
Overall there were more than 350 entries from 46 countries. The students, ages 8-16, created their presentations using PowerPoint, then uploaded the presentation to the Brainshark platform, and added their voice(s) using a service such as Skype or a microphone. The audio recording was essential as this was a competition for learners of English, therefore demonstrating that language was in use was imperative.
Brainshark Advisor, Alice McMahon worked with Paul Sweeney and the British Council over the past nine months as they developed and ran the contest. According to Alice,
“their [The British Council's] use of Brainshark is unique in that their primary authors are school children. However, their content has the same purpose as our customer’s content—it tells a story. I was extremely impressed by the quality of the student’s presentations—the content was creative and used an array of Brainshark features including video and background audio.”
During their visit to London, competition winners Adam from Jakarta, Indonesia and Selina from Changchun, China were congratulated by legendary British Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson in the Olympic Park.