What is the JLC?

The Junior Language Challenge is the only language competition in the UK open to primary school age children.

We make learning fun and introduce children to some exciting new languages. By using our FREE app children are given their own user account and encouraged to learn independently. There are some great prizes to be won and all money raised from registration fees goes the charity onebillion who work to help educate children in developing countries.

Take a look at our photos from the 2017 final, or watch the video below to see what it's all about.

Register today to join the fun!


How does the JLC work?

The Junior Language Challenge takes place across 3 rounds.

Round 1 launches in February 2018. Children use the JLC app to learn their first language by playing the games and scoring points. At the end the round, the top scorers will go through to Round 2.

Round 2 - anyone who gets through is given a second language to learn ready for live semi-finals around the UK in September.

Winners of the semi-finals will have a month to learn their third and final language before the grand final at Language Show Live, London in November.

There's a fun parents' round at the finals and the new Laeticia Collender Memorial Fund offers awards for pupils and teachers. This fund also provides financial support to schools who may find it hard to get to the finals.

Who can take part?

Anyone aged 10 or under on 1st September 2018 can take part in the JLC. There's no minimum age.

This year we are opening up the challenge to international schools for the first time. Please contact us if you have any questions about registration.

Register today!

Where does the money go?

100% of the £5 entrance fees are donated to onebillion, a non-profit software publisher with the goal of transforming learning for one billion marginalised children - £11,000 in 2017.

Their maths apps are already in use in more than 30 solar-powered learning centres in Malawi. onebillion is now developing a literacy software that will take a child with no reading ability to fluency in their own language.

To find out more about onebillion and the apps they make for individuals and schools here in the UK, please visit their website.


What are you waiting for?

We think there are plenty of great reasons to join us for this years Junior Language Challenge, but don't take our word for it, children, teachers and parents alike all love the JLC!

“I’m very proud, all the hard work has paid off! My favourite language this time was Mandarin because I enjoyed the way it related to other languages I’d learnt before.”
- Tudor Mendel-Idowu, 3-time finalist and JLC Champion 2015

“Each year when the initial language is announced a buzz of excitment goes around the school. It is a great motivator and has really brought languages to life.”
- Teresa Stark, St Helen’s College, Uxbridge

“The JLC has definitely opened the eyes of both our boys to the oportunities that learning languages brings.”
- Judith flint, nottingham

Register today!