Nine videos that scored most highly for inspiring others to discover William Shakespeare, and for their creativity, have been chosen by a panel of experts to win three week, fully funded English language courses in the UK.
As part of Shakespeare Lives, a global celebration of Shakespeare's influence on culture and languages, English UK and the British Council successfully applied for £41,000 of funding to deliver a student-facing campaign in Spanish-speaking Latin America, to promote the UK's language teaching sector.
Centred on a creative video competition, entrants from across the target markets were challenged to submit a one-minute video in English inspired by Shakespeare that will motivate other learners of English to discover more about the playwright.
When the competition element closed on 21 November, the 30 videos with the highest number of YouTube views were shortlisted and judged by a final panel of experts.
The nine lucky winners who have each won a three week trip to study English in the UK are:
Click on their names to watch their winning entries or visit our dedicated Spanish-language competition site.
Congratulations also go to the 21 other shortlisted finalists who will receive a book. See all the competition entries received on YouTube by searching for #ShakespeareLives.
In early 2017, our nine winners each travel to a different region of the UK to document their own experiences of studying and living here. The resulting content will be shared via social media, email lists and travel bloggers to further promote the UK as an ELT study destination. In total, we expect the campaign to reach 15-20 million Spanish-speaking potential students.
A big thank you to the member centres who will host the competition winners