EP Languages Senior Writing Competition

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

This year's competition will take part in two stages; the first stage is an internal class competition. The final stage requires the teacher to submit their winning entry to compete against other finalists across Australasia.


Start Date: 1st June 2021
End Date: 30th August 2021

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

Who is eligible to enter: AU: Students in years 10-12 / NZ: Students in years 11-13


  • Category one: Years 10 (AU) Year 11 (NZ) 
  • Category two: Years 11-12 (AU) Years 12-13 (NZ)


  • A $50 gift pay voucher for the best essay in each category.
Please read over the key details below:
  • Start Date: 1st June
  • End Date: 30th August

    Who can enter: 
  • Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian, Māori
  • The first stage of the competition is an internal class competition. Assign the competition lesson to the relevant students. Click here for a help guide on how to assign a task. 
  • Students have until the 30th of August to complete their writing task. Teachers are then required to submit their top entry from each class to content@educationperfect.com to compete against other finalists across Australasia. 
  • Teachers select the best entry from each of their classes and submit that entry for final judging by emailing the entries to content@educationperfect.com. Teachers should select the top entry based on use of language, development of ideas, creativity and how they address the topic and text type. 
  • In order to be considered for the overall prizes the top entries from each school need to be submitted by email before the 15th September.

The student's essay should meet the following criteria:

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

Writing Topics

Here is a list of the writing topics available - 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
  • Write a diary entry about a memorable experience or a memorable day. 

The Rules

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

  • The writing must be the students' own work and not taken from somewhere else.
  • The writing  must be in the language that the students are learning.
  • The writing  must not contain any offensive language.
  • The writing must meet the word/character limit criteria
  • The writing 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 writing  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, Indonesian, Māori and Spanish. If your language is not included above, but you would still like your students to participate on a school level, 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 specialist language 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 writing. We will contact both the student and teacher if we were going  to make these public either as part of our content or for marketing purposes. 

Click here to download a poster for the competition. 

Click here to download a participation certificate template.

We hope that you and your students enjoy the competition!

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