Aims and Objectives : Hippo “English without Borders” Competition is an international competition which promotes English language, challenges students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and improves the co-operation between teachers. The competition encourages the development of a shared sense of identity and integration, serves as a role model for young people living together as one community.
The main goal is to create and nourish friendly relations, international understanding and a spirit of sporting competitiveness between young people interested in English language from all around the world.
Competition Regulations :
The competition is being run in three rounds: preliminary round, semi-final round and final round. The preliminary round of competition is hosted by the participating schools enrolling a group of candidates from their school. Hippo semi-finals are held in bigger cities in each of the participating areas (zones) and the venues will be based on the location of the semi-finalists. The final round will be held in Lido di Jesolo (Venezia), Italy. Finalists as well as a school representative will be invited to the final round of the competition.
Preliminary Round: The tests for the preliminary round of the competition will consist of three parts: a test of reading comprehension (multiple choice questions), a test of listening comprehension and a Use of English test. The maximum allowed time per part is shown in the table below. The tests are the same for all the participants of a category.
Semi-final Round: After the preliminary round tests have been marked, the top 10% of participating students from each participating zone will be invited to the semi-final round. The network of semi-final venues will be based on the location of the semi-finalists. The exam level for the semi-final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round. Final Round: In the final round of the competition, the candidates will be taking a Gatehouse Awards exam, all 4 skills included. The test samples / past papers are available on www.hippo-competition.org. The exam level for the final round will be one CEFR level higher than the one in the preliminary round that is the same as semi-final round.
Final Round: In the final round of the competition, the candidates will be taking a Gatehouse Awards exam,all 4 skills included. The test samples / past papers are available on www.hippo-competition.org. The exam level for the final round will be one CERF level higher than the one in the preliminary round that is the same as the semi-final round test.
Awards and Prizes: Qualifiers of final round will be given a year long scholarships of Rs. 1000/- per month.All preliminary round and semi final round candidates will receive a certificate of participation. All candidates who pass the final round tests (score 50% minimum) will be awarded an internationally recognized Gatehouse Awards certificates.