Here's the fourth message from me. Remember, all my messages are
archived at http://www.uklo.org/?page_id=1487. Welcome to the
handful of new members who have joined since my last message.
- School of the Year. Those of you who were with us last
year will remember that we awarded a prize for the 2011 School
of the Year, consisting of £125 worth of linguistics books from
CUP (to whom we are of course grateful). Rather late in the
day, we've done the same for 2012. The winner for 2012 is the
Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh, which entered no fewer than
189 pupils - over 25% of the school!! Two other schools entered
over 100 pupils, so it can be done. Most of the pupils were
entered at Foundation or Intermediate level, so if you're
considering large numbers, please remember that we're very aware
that the 2012 Foundation paper was harder than we intended, so
we're going to try very hard to make it easier this year so as
not to deter young enthusiasts. Anyway, well done Mary Erskine
and the lead teacher there, Michael Chittleburgh. You'll find
the citation at http://www.uklo.org/?page_id=1540.
- Registering and notifying. In case you're unclear about
our procedures, here's a brief reminder. We distinguish one-off
registration, where you register yourself and your school
(which automatically puts you on this mailing list) from annual
notification of numbers.
- Registering. You don't need to register more than once (and
I've now weeded out the few people who did register more than
once), but if your details change, please email me directly
and I'll change them on the database; at present you can't
change them yourself.
- Notification. In due course, we shall ask you to notify us
of your anticipated numbers for Advanced level so that we can
make arrangements for marking; but that will be something for
December and January. For Foundation and Intermediate entries
we don't need to know your numbers in advance, but we will ask
you to share your results with us for statistical analysis.
- Practical arrangements. As you know, you can arrange
your test at any time during the week February 4-8. For Advanced
level candidates, we ask for normal public exam conditions -
invigilation, individual working and a strict time limit of 2.5
hours. For the other two levels, however, we leave it to you to
decide how best to arrange the test. Many schools let pupils
work in teams, and in principle there is no objection to
splitting the test into parts to fit with normal teaching slots.
However we do ask you not to let pupils take the test paper
away, because other schools in the UK (and in fact in other
countries) are taking the same test.
Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions.
With best wishes, Richard