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Modern Languages Challenge

As well as developing your language skills to a high level of fluency, the Modern and Medieval Languages course at Cambridge covers a broad spectrum of the culture, history, literature, art, film and philosophy relating to the languages we teach. The course gives students frequent opportunities to work in an interdisciplinary way, and many of our MML students at Caius have spent time during their degrees researching and writing about film, theatre, painting, photography, architecture and music (to give just a few examples). Studying MML at Cambridge, and at Caius, is about careful attention, thoughtful and informed analysis, original thinking and excellent communication; in other words, we want our students to be skilled critics, no matter what they are writing about.

Our essay competition, open to Year 12 students from UK schools, aims to recognise the achievements of gifted young critics from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and with a wide range of interests, and to encourage talented students with an interest in any of the subjects studied on the Cambridge MML course to explore these interests further.

Full details of the 2020 challenge are available here:

Gonville & Caius Modern Languages Challenge 2020

Modern Languages Essay Challenge Coversheet (Word) (PDF)

Find out more general information about our prizes and challenges, including rules and details of prize money here.