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Dear Colleagues!


Please note that within the frames of Szabó Magda Memorial Competition, our English pronunciation and reading competition called “A Game of Voice” will be held on the 18th of November, 2014 for students of the second district organised by the Szabó Magda Heritage Foundation (Szabó Magda Szellemi Örökségéért Alapítvány) and SzabóMagdaHungarian-EnglishBilingualPrimary School. The Competition will be located on the premises of the organising primary school (1026 Budapest, Gábor Áron utca 47.) Please read our Notice and distribute it to your colleagues.


The Competition is advertised for 4 to 8 graders of the district, in two age groups: 4-5-6 and 7-8 graders. Individuals and teams may apply. The two categories will be awarded separately. We also welcome teams of mixed age groups. A team can be of a maximum of five people. Certainly, participants from specialised or bilingual schools and the ones from normal curriculum schools (3 English lessons a week) will be evaluated separately.


Applicants are asked to freely select an approximately 5-minute long literary text (preferably with dialogues), the original of which was published in the English language (certainly, the English of different regions will be treated equally).

The point of the Competition is that applicants do not only read the text without mistakes and with fine pronunciation but also make the performance enjoyable – let it be like a radio play.

Bring the text to life.


When selecting and reading the text, please note the following considerations:


·         the duration of the reading or performance cannot exceed 5 minutes

·         the selected text can only be by an author whose native language is English

·         in the case of a team performance the number of team members cannot exceed 5 people


As a condition for admission to the Competition, each applicant (team or individual) is asked to prepare a poster (minimum A/3 size, made with a technique of your own choice), related to the performed text (depicting the topic or a scene or any other creative ideas are welcome). The posters will be displayed in the school building during and after the Competition. Please write the applicants’ name and school on the back of your posters.


In order to make selection easier please find some suggested topics and texts as per age groups; but applicants do not have to select from these. Any other performance of works by authors that meet the above requirements will be accepted. 


Suggested topics:


4-5-6 graders: tales, excerpts from tales; texts (excerpts) about the family or school

7-8 graders: texts (excerpts) about friendship, and love


Suggested literature. Texts that can be found on the Internet are given with their web links. There are also suggested web pages.


4-5-6 graders:


4 graders:



(The Wiener Dog Magnet)

http://www.kidsinco.com/complete-list-of-playscripts/ (The Spirit Inside the Bottle, The Magic Pencil, The Little Red Flower…) This web page contains a number of other multiplayer texts.


5-6 graders:

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsharepoint2.whancock.org%3A8889%2Felizabethgretillat%2Fspeech%2FShared%2520Documents%2FALEXANDER%2520AND%2520THE%2520TERRIBLE.pdf&h=

The Buffalo and the monkey:  





7-8 graders:  



http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/Scripts/script.aspx?iSS=1751 (The Actress)

http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/Scripts/script.aspx?iSS=1399 (The Angry Doctor)

http://www.icomedytv.com/Comedy-Scripts/Funny/View/Script/907/No-Frills-Airlines.aspx (No Frills Airlines)

http://www.intriguing.com/mp/_scripts/cinema.php (Monty Python’s Argument Sketch, Interview with Sir Edward Ross, The Pet Shop)




Suggested authors:


Sir James Matthew Barrie (Peter Pan) (5-8 graders.)

Lyman Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) (4-8 graders.)

Enid Blyton (Noddy series) (4 graders.)

Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) (4 graders.)

Lewis Carrol (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass) (5-8 graders.)

Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) (4-8 graders.)

Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) (7-8 graders.)

Charles Dickens (A Cristmas Carol) (7-8 graders.)

Michael Ende (The Neverending Story) (4-8 graders.)


Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) (4-6 graders.)

C. S. Lewis  (The Chronicles of Narnia series) (5-8 graders.)

George Lucas (Star Wars series) (5-8 graders.)

Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit) (4 graders.)

Terry Pratchett (Dodger, The Discworld Series) (7-8 graders.)

J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) (5-8 graders.)

Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) (5 – 8 graders.)

J. R. R. Tolkien (Th Hobbit) (7-8 graders.)

Mark Twain (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn) (7-8 graders.)




Contestants will be judged on the following criteria:


·         text selection

·         quality of reading, with special respect to:


o   start and finish

o   articulation

o   volume

o   intonation

o   speed

o   speech defect

o   contact with the audience

o   exact text

o   performing skills

Please send your applications by filling in the attached application form to szabo.magda.alapitvany@gmail.com or the address of SzabóMagdaHungarian-EnglishBilingualPrimary School (Budapest, 1026 Gábor Áron u. 47.) not later than the 4th of November. Posters are welcome at Szabó Magda Bilingual Primary on the week of 3-7, November.


Budapest, 10th of September 2014.


Best Regards,


          Zsuzsanna Erdősné Bach                                               Dr. Mária Szurmainé Silkó

             School Director                                                               Chairwoman of Board


Information: Mária Bereczki– Board Member

mobil: 06-30-630-0371; e-mail: szabo.magda.alapitvany@gmail.com





István Mihály – Head of English Panel, Szabó MagdaHungarian-EnglishBilingualPrimary Schoolimihaly.mihaly.istvan@gmail.com