Education Perfect Languages video making competition: Teacher guide

We are excited to be running the Languages video making competition again in Term 4! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply all the language they have learnt this year in a meaningful and engaging context. 


Start Date: Monday, 12th October
End Date: Friday 13th November
Who: Years 3-10 students
Categories: Years 3-6, 7 & 8 and 9 & 10.

  • 1st overall: $100 GiftPay voucher
  • 1st in each age group category: $50 GiftPay voucher
  • Excellence certificates in each language

Submission of videos

  1. In order to enter this competition, students need an Education Perfect account. Click here for a guide on how to get your classes set up if they are not already. There is no charge for students to enter this competition. 
  2. We recommend setting the competition lesson as a task so that it is easy for your students to find.  Here is a link to an information page about how to assign a task. The competition lesson will be available in the featured section of the content library for the duration of the competition. 
  3. The students submit their video through the video competition lesson.
  4. The video should be in MP4 format. They can upload it through the lesson.  If it is over 400mb, we would recommend that students upload it to YouTube or another video hosting site first and then copy the link into the lesson. There is a space both to upload it or write a link in the lesson. 

The student's video should meet the following criteria:

  • It should be 2-5 minutes long.
  • It should relate to the theme "My life".
  • It can be animated or with live actors, but the speaking must be the students own voice in the language they are learning.
  • Students can work in a group or individually. Groups should contain no more than 5 people. If a group wins one of the main prizes, they will need to split the prize between them. 

Types of video

Students can choose what kind of video they make. Here are some ideas:

  • A self introduction video where students talk about their life. 
  • A role play video where you have a conversation with a friend/friends about each other's lives
  • A soap opera episode with your video characters talking about their lives.
  • An advertisement that incorporates the theme "my life".
  • A comedy show that somehow incorporates the theme "my life".
  • A song that somehow incorporates the theme "my life".
  • Students might like to incorporate the fact that this year is the Year of Indigenous Languages and talk about the importance of indigenous languages/languages in their life. 
  • These are just a few ideas. If your students have other ideas, that's great.

What can you do to help prepare your students?

We also recommend assigning your students some Languages in Action units to help them to build up some useful language and ideas that they can use in the video. The Languages in Action units can be found in the featured section of the Content library and can be assigned as a task. Here is a link to an information page about Languages in Action.

The rules

Here are the rules for the Education Perfect video making competition:

  • The  video must be the students' own work and not taken from somewhere else.
  • The video must be in the language that the students are learning.
  • The video must not contain any offensive language.
  • The video must be 2-5 minutes long
  • The video must link to the theme "My life".
  • Native speakers of a language will not be eligible to enter the competition for their language. 

Judging criteria

The videos will be judged by our panel of experts here at Education Perfect. The videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The students' use of the target language.
  • How the theme is integrated.
  • The creativity in making the video.

Language Availability

The competition is set up for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, EAL/ESOL, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Te Reo Māori, Japanese and Spanish. If your language is not included above, but you would still like your students to create and upload a video, please let us know by emailing and we can set up the lesson for you. 

Unfortunately, only entries entered for the aforementioned languages will be considered for prizes due to availability of judges.

Native speakers of a language will not be eligible to enter the competition for their language. 

We hope that you and your students enjoy the competition!

If you have any questions or need help with any aspect of the competition, please don't hesitate to get in touch with your Education Perfect consultant or email

Note about Privacy: No one other than the judges at Education Perfect will see the submitted videos. We would contact both the student and teacher if we wanted to use the video publicly either as part of our content or for marketing purposes. If your school is concerned about privacy, you can choose the option of students making a video with animated characters or pictures and recording their own voice as a voice over. For more information on our privacy policy, please click here

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