EP Languages International Senior Essay Writing Competition

We are excited to be running the inaugural EP Languages International Senior Essay Writing Competition! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply their language learning in a meaningful and engaging context. 


Start Date: Monday  1st February 2021
End Date: Monday 1st March 2021

Which languages is this competition open to: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Italian

Who is eligible to enter: All languages students who are in Years 10-13/Grades 9-12


  • Category one: Years 10-11/ Grades 9-10
  • Category two: Years 12-13/Grades 11-12


  • A $50 Amazon Voucher for the best essay in each grade. 

Submission of Essays

  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. 
  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 essay through the essay competition lesson.
  4. Students can submit either an uploaded document version of the essay or they can type the essay directly into the lesson submission slide. 

The student's essay should meet the following criteria:

  • The essay should be  300-500 words, 300-500 Chinese characters or 600-900 Japanese Kana;
  • The essay should be about one of the topics listed in the lesson. You can also see these in the list below.
  • Students must work individually. 

Essay Topics

Here is a list of the suggested essay topics - more information is given about these in the competition lesson.  Please encourage your students to choose level appropriate topics as they will be judged against other students in the same level.

  • Write a blog entry expressing your perspective on global issues. 
  • Investigate a current local or global issue or news story and write a short, informative article about it for the general public
  • Write a blog entry where you reflect on your hopes and dreams for the future. 
  • Write a report for the board of trustees of your school comparing online learning in school with textbook/paper-based learning.
  • Write a review for a blog page about a product you have bought recently providing details of what it is, what its purpose is, whether the design is effective, whether it meets its purpose, if you would recommend it to others.
  • Write an editorial for your school magazine in which you seek to persuade your fellow students of the benefits of learning an additional language
  • Write a report reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of young people

The Rules

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

  • The essay must be the students' own work and not taken from somewhere else.
  • The essay must be in the language that the students are learning.
  • The essay must not contain any offensive language.
  • The essay must meet the word/character limit criteria
  • The essay must link to one of the topics listed above and also found in the competition lesson. 
  • Native speakers of a language will not be eligible to enter the competition for their language. 

Judging Criteria

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

  • The students' use of the target language.
  • How the topic is integrated.
  • How they develop their ideas

Language Availability

The competition is set up for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese,  French, German, Italian,  Japanese and Spanish. If your language is not included above, but you would still like your students to create and upload a speech, please let us know by emailing content@educationperfect.com 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.

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 support@educationperfect.com.

Note about Privacy: No one other than the judges at Education Perfect will see the submitted essays. We would contact both the student and teacher if we wanted to make these public either as part of our content or for marketing purposes. 

We hope that you and your students enjoy the competition!

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