Happy new year! Registrations for OzCLO, the Linguistics Olympiad, are now OPEN!
How to register: Teachers should go to https://ozclo.org.au/registration/ to register themselves and their individual teams. Registrations opened on Saturday, Jan 15 and will close on Friday, February 25. Registration costs $10 per student. (Note that the registration page says to contact your local organiser “if you wish to compete offline.” This only applies to Round 1; if you are able to do Round 1 online, then there is no need to contact anyone.)
What is OzCLO?: OzCLO is a problem-solving competition using data from real languages. It has been run by major universities around Australia since 2008.
Who’s it for?: OzCLO is for students from years 9 to 12. Participants apply logical thinking to discover how languages work. Students who like languages, maths, computers, or natural sciences are likely to be interested. No foreign-language abilities are required; students of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
When and where: OzCLO takes place over three sessions (the first of which is optional):
- Optional training session:
- Wednesday, February 16, 2022
- 12:30 – 2:30 pm
- Clews Lecture Theatre (room 243) in the Physics building (PHYS; building 245) on the UWA campus
- Round 1, regional competition:
- Wednesday, March 2, 2022
- 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (NOTE slight time change. The first hour is for prep; the next two hours are the competition.)
- Online only; join from your own school campus
- Round 2, national competition:
- Wednesday, March 23, 2022
- 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (approx.; may end slightly earlier)
- Room 110 in the EZone North building (building 222) on the UWA campus
How it works: Teams consist of four students. Schools can enter as many teams as they wish. All teams complete the same tasks, but they are ranked within their age level: Junior (years 9-10) or Senior (years 11-12). Teams are usually all Junior or all Senior students, though you can certainly enter a mixed-level team if you want; mixed teams compete in the Senior category.
Round 1 (March 2) is the regional (i.e., state) competition. Because it is held online, your students can participate from your school under your supervision, no matter where your school is. The top three Junior and top three Senior teams from this round will go on to Round 2 (March 23), the national competition, which takes place on campus here at UWA.
I have attached the 2022 brochure and poster. Please feel free to distribute and display these if you like!
How to prepare: In addition to attending the optional training session, you can find training materials on the OzCLO website (https://www.ozclo.org.au/training-materials/).
If you have any questions, please email me any time!
Good thoughts to all,
Associate lecturer | PhD candidate
University of Western Australia | University of Queensland