Languages Transform Individuals into Communities
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.
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 the 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
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.
- 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.
- The total video length is not to exceed 2 minutes in English/foreign language.
- A maximum of 2 students can perform on one video entry.
- Participating teachers need to fill out and mail or email the Contest Entry Form to the contest chair Carlos-Luis Brown. 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.
- 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?
Deadline for submissions is March 15