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About | Oxford Big Read 2021

 

About Oxford Big Read

Oxford Big Read is a competition organised by Oxford University Press to get students excited about reading and writing in English.

Since launching in 2013, thousands of students from all over Japan have taken part to create unique and original works about stories written in English.

Taking part is simple. Students in participating schools read an eligible book and create a poster based on what they read; and teachers select which posters to enter into the national competition.

Entries are judged anonymously by a panel of teachers and Oxford University Press staff. The results are announced in January with winners and runners up awarded prizes.

What's more, we're pleased to announce that the first-ever global Big Read contest will be held this year. National Prize Winners of the Big Read in Japan will be automatically eligible for the global Big Read competition. Details will be announced on the competition website.

For more information, including rules and eligibility, read the terms and conditions.

Who can enter

The competition is open to students in junior high schools and senior high schools in Japan. There are two age groups - one for Junior High School, and another for High School.

We regret to inform that universities are not eligible to enter the Big Read competition from this year. If a university wishes to hold its own reading competition, it is free to use the materials provided in our Starter Pack, however it takes sole responsibility for administering the competition and awarding prizes.

Dates

May 2021
Registration open
30 November 2021
Submission deadline
January 2022
Winners announced

How to enter

1. Register your class

Teachers register their participating classes by completing the online registration form.

2. Read & create

Students read a book from a list of eligible readers, create a poster, and submit it to their teacher.
Resources and ideas are in the Starter Pack.

3. Submit entries

Teachers select up to five projects per class and submit them for entry by post or email.

What teachers say

Students work on their book posters over the summer holidays. We then hold class votes and enter the five most popular posters into the Big Read. When the students give presentations about the stories they read to the class, I encourage them to use their own words regardless of the book’s language level. This, I hope, motivates them to want to read in English more and more!

Hakuho Girls' High School

Big Read is a great way to bring a different kind of creativity to the classroom. It is also an excellent way to introduce students to Oxford Graded Readers, and hopefully, to a lifetime of reading for pleasure in English. I can't wait to see all the posters in 2021!

Hikarigaoka Girls' High School

The extensive reading and competition activities are great tools for getting students used to English while improving their creativity. At Denso Technical Skills Academy, we encourage students to join Oxford Big Read to help them develop the communication and creative thinking skills that are essential for employment.

Denso Technical Skills Academy

Big Read 2020 Award Winners

 
 
National Prize Winners
Junior High School- Fiction -

A Christmas Carol

Student:Yui Hashimoto
Teacher:Hiroshi Yamamoto
School:Chiba Prefectural Higashi Katsushika Junior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School- Fiction -

The Silver Sword

Student:Eka Ryuu
Teacher:Katherine Sison
School:AICJ Junior and Senior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School- Non-fiction -

Caring for Our Planet

Student:Yu Mutoh
Teacher:Akio Nagase
School:Toho University Toho Junior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School- Non-fiction -

The Life and Diaries of Anne Frank

Student:Nanami Tsukasa
Teacher:Shusuke Maeda
School:Oshukan Secondary School
National Prize Winners
High School - University- Fiction -

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Student:Saki Ogawa
Teacher:Benjamin Abraham
School:Hikarigaoka Girls’ High School
National Prize Winners
High School - University- Fiction -

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Student:Yume Suzuki
Teacher:Ayaka Morino
School:Yokohama Municipal Kanazawa High School
National Prize Winners
High School - University- Non-fiction -

Future Energy

Student:Nanako Watanabe
Teacher:Kimi Iwami
School:Hakuho Girls’High School
National Prize Winners
High School - University- Non-fiction -

The Life and Diaries of Anne Frank

Student:Ayuri Hara
Teacher:Hiroyuki Kumagai
School:Yokohama Municipal Kanazawa High School
Runners-up
Junior High School- Fiction -

The Wizard of Oz

Student:Yuzuki Takahashi
Teacher:Kaori Sasaki
School:Toko Gakuen Junior High School
Runners-up
Junior High School- Non-fiction -

Your Five Senses

Student:Junsei Matsumoto
Teacher:Etsuko Tanaka
School:Toho University Toho Junior High School
Runners-up
High School - University- Fiction -

Mary, Queen of Scots

Student:Ayumi Hase
Teacher:Benjamin Abraham
School:Hikarigaoka Girls’ High School
Runners-up
High School - University- Non-fiction -

London

Student:Mai Hirata
Teacher:Thomas Entwistle
School:Nagoya University of Foreign Studies