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EASSAY CONTEST | PAST PRESIDENTS AWARD | POSTER CONTEST | STUDENT AWARDS | VIDEO CONTEST

ESSAY CONTEST

2017 THEME:
Languages Transform Individuals into Communities

  • Each entry must be an original work of a current foreign language student (including students enrolled in an ESL class) whose teacher is currently a MaFLA member.
  • No group entries will be accepted. LIMIT: 5 (FIVE) entries per school.
  • Teacher must submit the official entry form with their entries
  • Teachers are required to put the requested information on the back of the essay.
  • All entries become the property of MaFLA.
  • Essays must be written in English. Essays must state theme and content must be relevant to the theme
  • Teacher must scan and submit a completed copy of the official entry form, including the required item identification information, with each entry.
  • Essays must have a title, be typed/word processed (Times New Roman font at 12 points) and double spaced.
  • No identifying marks are allowed on the face of the entry.
  • If outside sources are used, they must be cited appropriately.
  • All entries must be scanned to pdf files and emailed to Stuart Gamble at the address below.

ESSAY LENGTH – By Division:

Grades K-5: Maximum of 150 words.
Grades 6-8: Maximum of 250 words
Grades 9-12: Maximum of 350 words

All essays become the property of MaFLA

PRIZES:

  • One essay will be selected as Essay of the Year; author will receive a check for $50.00; The winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference.
  • There will be only one winner per division. (grades K-4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12) For the division producing the Essay of the Year no division award will be given).
  • Division winners for the essay contest will receive a check for $25.00. These awards may be presented by a MaFLA Board Member at the students school awards ceremony in the spring.
  • Several honorable mention essays will be selected and featured at the MaFLA Fall Conference.
  • All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. A letter of appreciation will be sent to all MaFLA members whose students participate in the contests. In addition, letters of appreciation will be sent to the principal and superintendent of participating schools.
  • Winners will be posted on mafla.org.
  • Certificates and acknowledgements will be sent out at a later date.

Contact:  Sarah Moghtader
2017 Entry Form

Deadline for submission is March 15

PAST PRESIDENTS AWARD

Past Presidents’ Awards

MaFLA awards up to 4 awards of $500.00 annually in honor of our past presidents. Awards are given to high school students who have demonstrated excellence in foreign language study and service/leadership within their school.

Criteria for Past Presidents’ Award

  1. Student must be a senior in high school who has completed the last sequence of that language.
  2. Student must have studied a foreign language for a minimum of three sequential levels (Spanish I, II, III, for example). The only exception will be for students who study a critical language which has a program of only two years in scope (Chinese Language I, Chinese II, for example).
  3. Student must be planning to continue foreign language study at the college level.
  4. Student must have achieved a 90% average in the foreign language over the 3+ years of study.
  5. Student must have demonstrated service to or leadership within the department, school and/or community. Some examples are language club officer, tutor, etc.
  6. Student must be able to articulate in an essay of 250 words the importance of foreign language study. This topic may be treated either globally or personally. Some examples are:
    • The Importance of Foreign Language Study in Today’s Changing World
    • The Importance of Foreign Language Study in My Life
  1. Nominating teacher must be a member of MaFLA.  Only ONE candidate per school should be submitted for consideration.

Get a downloadable application form HERE.

Deadline for Submissions March 31

For Elementary, Middle, Junior High, High School

POSTER CONTEST

2017 THEME:

Languages Transform Individuals into Communities

RULES:

  1. Each entry must be an original work of a current foreign language student (including students enrolled in an ESL class) whose teacher is currently a MaFLA member. No group entries will be accepted.
  2. LIMIT:5 (FIVE) entries per school.
  3. Teachers must submit the official entry form with their entries.
  4. Teachers are required to put the requested information on the back of the poster.
  5. All entries become the property of MaFLA.
  6. All posters must incorporate the exact wording of the theme.
  7. Posters must measure the standard poster size of 22″ x 28″ and have a flat surface with no moving parts. No three-dimensional posters will be accepted.
  8. Use lightweight poster material.Posters should be mailed in a 3″ or larger tube.
  9. Paints, markers, pencils, crayons, inks, gel pens may be used. Glitter, glue, charcoals, or tape on the front of the poster will not be accepted nor will computer generated posters.
  10. Illustrations must be used in addition to words and must be relevant to the theme.
  11. There must be a TWO inch margin on all sides free of design and lettering.
  12. No copyrighted figures such as Snoopy, Disney characters, Family Guy, Simpsons etc. may be used.
  13. Damaged posters will be disqualified.

Please note: Any posters that do not meet all of the criteria will be disqualified.

PRIZES:

  • One poster will be selected as Poster of the Year; artist will receive a check for $50; poster will be displayed at the MaFLA Conference.
  • There will be only one winner per division. (grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12) For the division producing the Poster of the Year, no division award will be given).
  • Divisional winners will receive a check for $25.These awards may be presented by a MaFLA Board Member at the student’s school awards ceremony in the spring.
  • Several honorable mention posters will be selected and featured at the MaFLA Fall Conference.
  • All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
  • A letter of appreciation will be sent to all MaFLA members whose students participate in the contest. In addition, letters of appreciation will be sent to the principal and superintendent of participating schools.
  • Winners will be posted on mafla.org. Certificates and acknowledgments will be sent out at a later date.

Contact: Teresa Benedetti
Entry Form

Deadline for submission is March 15

 

STUDENT AWARDS

Student Awards

The MaFLA Board of Directors has established an awards program for students of foreign languages in public and private schools in Massachusetts.  Awards categories are:

  • One award for excellence for each language per school.  This certificate is conferred upon the student who has demonstrated excellence (highest achievement) in the most advanced course of each language taught in each school.
  • One award per high school to the student who has distinguished himself/herself for leadership in foreign language activity.

Any public or private school in Massachusetts wishing to recognize academic excellence and leadership in foreign language activities by awarding the MaFLA award certificates may submit their nominees. Individual certificates will be sent for presentation to students. Each school is eligible to make one award for excellence in each language taught. Each school is eligible to make one award per school for leadership in foreign language activities.

The Board of Directors has established the following criteria which each award recipient’s school must meet:

  1. Nominees must be public or private school students in Massachusetts.
  2. Recipients of the Award for Excellence must be enrolled in the most advanced course offered in their school of the language for which they have been selected to receive the award.
  3. Recipients of the Award for Leadership for foreign language activities may be enrolled in any high school foreign language course but must demonstrate leadership in Foreign Language activities.No more than one award per high school per year will be granted for leadership.
  4. Recipients are to be selected by the foreign language faculty of their respective schools. Criteria for determining highest achievement shall be determined by the local school’s foreign language department.
  5. Schools participating in the awards program must be institutional members of MaFLA or have at least one current MaFLA member on their foreign language staff.   Application for awards must be made through this member.

Student Awards

The MaFLA Board of Directors has established an awards program for students of foreign languages in public and private schools in Massachusetts.  Awards categories are:

  • One award for excellence for each language per school.  This certificate is conferred upon the student who has demonstrated excellence (highest achievement) in the most advanced course of each language taught in each school.
  • One award per high school to the student who has distinguished himself/herself for leadership in foreign language activity.

Any public or private school in Massachusetts wishing to recognize academic excellence and leadership in foreign language activities by awarding the MaFLA award certificates may submit their nominees. Individual certificates will be sent for presentation to students. Each school is eligible to make one award for excellence in each language taught. Each school is eligible to make one award per school for leadership in foreign language activities. Download form HERE

The Board of Directors has established the following criteria which each award recipient’s school must meet:

  1. Nominees must be public or private school students in Massachusetts.
  2. Recipients of the Award for Excellence must be enrolled in the most advanced course offered in their school of the language for which they have been selected to receive the award.
  3. Recipients of the Award for Leadership for foreign language activities may be enrolled in any high school foreign language course but must demonstrate leadership in Foreign Language activities.No more than one award per high school per year will be granted for leadership.
  4. Recipients are to be selected by the foreign language faculty of their respective schools. Criteria for determining highest achievement shall be determined by the local school’s foreign language department.
  5. Schools participating in the awards program must be institutional members of MaFLA or have at least one current MaFLA member on their foreign language staff.   Application for awards must be made through this member.

VIDEO CONTEST

Video Contest

2017 THEME:

Languages Transform Individuals into Communities

Premise

In the state of Massachusetts, students need to demonstrate the ability to use technology for the purpose of communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Consequently, through the use of a variety of media formats students develop technology skills that enable them to communicate effectively, to multiple audiences, a variety of information and ideas to satisfy both foreign language and technology standards.

Summary

Video production is a method of communication that is used more and more and it allows anyone to create video files and post them to the Internet for others to download and listen to/view at any time. MaFLA is pleased to offer  an exciting opportunity for all students in public and private schools in Massachusetts to participate in a video contest.

Contest Specifics, Categories, and Prizes

All foreign language teachers of Massachusetts are invited to get their students involved in celebrating the 2016 theme.

In a two-minute video, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate in English or a foreign language how they understand and interpret the current theme of the year in order to raise awareness of the role that foreign languages play nationally and internationally.

Students may be entered in one of three specific categories corresponding to their grade level.

Category 1: Elementary School – Students in pre-K through grade 5
Category 2: Middle School – Students in grades 6-8
Category 3: High School – Students in grades 9-12

In order to enter the contest, teachers who are members in good standing with MaFLA can mail or email only one entry per category of the video contest to Jeanne O’Hearn, Contest Chair. Only the first 15 entries will be considered in each category.

List of suggested activities for all three categories:

  • a speech/soliloquy/address
  • a poem
  • a song (raps included)
  • an advertisement
  • a public service announcement
  • a skit
  • other

The contest will take place during the Foreign Language Week in March. It will begin on March 1. The video submission deadline is March 15, or until the first 15 entries are received in each category, whichever comes first.

A MaFLA committee will select one winner in each of the three categories. The prize for the winner in each category will be $50 awarded to the student creator of the video (to be split if there are 2 students). The videos of the winners, and the two runners-up from each category may be showcased in an area of the MaFLA website.

Submission Guidelines – Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered.

  1. Participation is limited to students attending public or private schools who are enrolled in a Pre-K – 12 foreign language class at the time of submission.
  2. The total video length is not to exceed 2 minutes in English/foreign language.
  3. A maximum of 2 students can perform on one video entry.
  4. Participating teachers need to fill out and mail or email the Contest Entry Form to the contest chair Jeanne O’Hearn.  Video clips can be submitted as an attachment to an email or saved to a zip drive, CD or DVD and mailed to the contest chair along with the completed Contest Entry Form.

Judging Criteria

  • Content: Is the video clip engaging and appropriate to the theme of the contest?
  • Creativity: Is the message innovative and creative?
  • Execution: Is the use of technology effective and appropriate?
  • Effect: Was the overall effect achieved in communicating to the audience?

Contact:  Carlos Luis Brown                                     
Video Form

19 Broadway, Beverly, MA 01915
Deadline for submissions is March 15