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About | Oxford Big Read 2022

 

About Oxford Big Read

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

Thousands of students have taken part since the competition launched in 2013 to create unique and original posters 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 the Big Read team at Oxford University Press. The results are announced in January with winners and runners up awarded prizes.

Entry Rules

Please read the Terms and Conditions before submitting an entry as part of the Big Read.

Who can enter

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

Dates

Late April 2022
Registration open
30 November 2022
Submission deadline
January 2023
Winners announced

How to enter

1. Download the Starter Pack

For resources and ideas, download the Starter Pack.

2. Read and create

Students read a book from the list of eligible OUP readers, create a poster, and submit it to their teacher.

3. Submit your entry

Teachers select up to five posters per class and submit them for entry with the submission form by file upload, email or post. For information on submitting entries, read the guide.

What teachers say

Making students take part astheir summer vacation homework, which is counted as part of their final mark, motivates them more than doing traditional print-out drills. For the majority, it is their first time reading an English book, and they appreciate having artistic freedom of expression, and not just simply working with text.

National Institute of Technology, Oita College

The “My Reading Diary” in the Starter Pack supports students when they write their story summaries in English. I assigned filling in this diary as a mandatory task and the poster creation as optional but surprisingly all students, over 200, submitted their posters. Some of the artwork was brilliantly created using professional materials and I had a difficult time choosing 5 for the competition.

Naniwa High School

In the last few years, story text has been replaced by emails, descriptive text and presentation materials in university entrance exams. However, Big Read offers a great opportunity for secondary students to read a wide range of stories and enjoy learning about foreign culture.

Okayama Prefectural Okayama Ichinomiya High School

Big Read 2021 Award Winners

 
 
National Prize Winners
Junior High School

The Olympic Games

Student:Misaki Urino
Teacher:Akio Nagase
School:Toho University Toho Junior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School

This Rough Magic

Student:Kokoro Ozaki
Teacher:Katherine Sison
School:AICJ Junior and Senior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

Student:Urara Sato
Teacher:Katherine Sison
School:AICJ Junior High School
National Prize Winners
Junior High School

Gran

Student:Ena Inoue
Teacher:Naoko Mishima
School:Katsushika Kuritsu Aoto Junior High School
National Prize Winners
High School

The Piano

Student:Fumina Katayama
Teacher:Rika Kamata
School:Okayama Prefectural Okayama Ichinomiya High School
National Prize Winners
High School

The Elephant Man

Student:Mayu Fujita
Teacher:Benjamin Abraham
School:Hikarigaoka Girls' High School
National Prize Winners
High School - University

Mulan

Student:Yuu Saito
Teacher:Akira Maeda
School:Kanagawa Prefectural Kawasaki Senior High School
National Prize Winners
High School - University

The Secret Garden

Student:Mei Odaira
Teacher:Arisa Otsuka
School:Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa Secondary School
Runners-up
Junior High School

The Wizard of Oz

Student:Ikumi Asahara
Teacher:Asuka Ito
School:Green Island
Runners-up
Junior High School

The Phantom of the Opera

Student:Tamae Kurogi
Teacher:Noriko Konishi
School:Hiroshima Global Academy Junior High School
Runners-up
High School - University

Little Red Riding Hood

Student:Yumeka Takahashi
Teacher:Natsuki Tanaka
School:Yamagata Prefectural Nanyo High School
Runners-up
High School - University

The Wizard of Oz

Student:Shiori Suita
Teacher:Yuya Tanaka
School:Aikodai Meiden High School