Students retain world language title

Indonesian language champions Sage Bolton, Madeleine Lucas, Tess O’Brien, Jasmine Walsh, Maddison Harty, Sienna Turner and Emily Vaughan.

Indonesian language champions Sage Bolton, Madeleine Lucas, Tess O’Brien, Jasmine Walsh, Maddison Harty, Sienna Turner and Emily Vaughan.

A COLAC class has retained its world champion title in an Indonesian language competition.

Trinity College Colac Year Nine and 10 students answered 127,000 questions in 10 days to claim world champion status for the third consecutive year in the Language Perfect World Championships for a class with fewer than 50 members.

Year 10 student Tess O’Brien, who took out first place in a Geelong Indonesian competition last month, said the competition was a novel, fun way to improve language skills.

“It helps putting the words together when you speak,” Tess said.

“There’s no competitions for other classes.”

Competition questions are based on the students’ textbooks.

Year 10 student Sienna Turner said the students competed in the online competition in class and in their own time on the weekend.

“If you translate the word right three times you get a point,” Sienna said.

“It’s like a fun way to learn new words that we can use,” she said.

Every Trinity College Colac student has an iPad and Sienna said the competition was a good way to combine technology and education.

“We like to use technology. It works in well,” she said.

Trinity College Colac’s head of Indonesian Elana Cole said the company would host a pizza party at the school in honour of the class’s back-to-back effort.

“The kids are over the moon,” Ms Cole said.

“It’s an amazing achievement,” she said.

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