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Competition and Judging Guidelines

All competitors must be registered by Feb. 15, 2021. This deadline is strictly enforced. Registration will open December 14, 2020.  Submission of all entries is due by Monday, 15 February 2021 by 11:59 PM MT.

Competition entries must explicitly address the WLD theme “Festivals” in level-appropriate language. Definition for festivals can be found on Wikipedia.

Please read the guidelines (PDF) carefully.

Language Levels

Please use the ACTFL, WIDA, or SLPI guidelines to determine your student’s language level.

ACTFL

WiDA ACCESS

Composite Scores

SLPI

Level 1

Novice Mid

Beginning

1.0-1.9

Novice

Level 2

Novice High / Intermediate Low

Emerging

2.0-2.9

Survival

Level 3

Intermediate Mid

Developing

3.0-3.9

Intermediate

Level 4

Intermediate High

Expanding

4.0-4.9

Advanced

Level 5

Advanced / Native Speaker

Bridging

5.0-6.0

Superior

 

Judged Competition

All competition submissions must address this year's theme (Festivals).

Students may compete at World Languages Day 2021 a maximum of two times: once as an individual performer and once in a group in any of the specified categories of competition. This does not include the People’s Choice Art Award, which is a separate event for World Languages Day 2021.

One-take video category

  • Students may recite an existing work of cultural value.

  • Students may also recite an original work of cultural value such as a poem, drama, song or a cultural presentation.

  • The presentation must be performed live entirely in the target language in one unedited take. For ASL competition examples and ideas, see below.

  • All performances must address this year's theme (Festivals). Each must have a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning must include the presenter’s name, school, and presentation title.

  • Max. 5 minutes. This is strictly enforced.

  • File name format: last name, first name_school_onetake

  • File type: .mp4 or upload file through vidgrid guest recorder

Edited video category

  • The edited video category is for artistic products that represent this year’s theme of festivals. 

  • Videos must be produced by students themselves.

  • The content must be necessary to the format of edited video. This means that anything that would otherwise be a live performance cannot be submitted in the edited video category but must be submitted in the one-take video category. 

  • Students may generate their own edited video by using copyrighted materials from other sources provided they give credit as necessary under US and international laws.

  • Students need to be identifiable in the video as the producers of the target language. 

  • Entries will be judged on their artistic merits, which include the quality of the editing, as well as the production of the target language.

  • All performances must address this year's theme (Festivals). Each must have a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning must include the presenter’s name, school, and presentation title.

  • Max. 5 minutes. This is strictly enforced. 

  • Entry must include (as part of same file) a first page with relevant data: writer's name, title of writing, target language for competition and level of competition selected.

  • UW may decide to assign a random number to insure anonymity.

  • File name format: last name, first name_school_editedvideo

  • File type: .mp4 or upload file through vidgrid guest recorder

Writing category

  • Competition entries must explicitly address the WLD theme (Festivals) in level-appropriate language.

  • Students can compete in three levels depending on type (see below): Novice (level 1), Intermediate (levels 2-3) and Advanced (levels 4-5).

  • The entry may be a poem, essay or short story – see specific guidelines below.

  • The writing competition is strictly individual.

  • File type: .pdf or .rtf

  • File name format: last name, first name_school_writing

  • Language used is level appropriate with minimal or no assistance from the instructor.

  • No use of online tools. Any portion of work written with online tools (such as a translator) or copied from other sources will automatically disqualify the submission from the competition.

Short Story

  • Prompt: Festivals! Write a short story related to a traditional or popular festival in the speech community of the language you will write your story in. The story could happen in one of the festivals, or be a consequence of it, or be related to a traditional character that is part of the festival, etc.

  • Word count: a minimum of 250 words for the intermediate level and 500 words minimum for the advanced level. All completely in the world language in which you are competing.

  • Format: Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, 1.5 inch margins, left justified

Poem

  • Length: a minimum of 40 words for the novice level, 80 words for intermediate level and 120 words minimum for the advanced level.

  • All completely in the world language in which you are competing.

  • If you are employing short forms (such as haiku, epigram, etc., you may submit multiple examples of this form as a single entry to meet the aforementioned word count requirements.

  • Font and font size are at poet’s discretion, but must be legible.

Essay

  • Prompt: Your essay should address the general question of what festivals mean to you. Some specific topics to consider could be why festivals are important in the community of the language in which you are writing, what your favorite festival is, any experience with festivals you may have had, and so forth. 

  • Word count: 250 words or less for the intermediate level, 500 words or less for the advanced level

  • Format: Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, 1.5 inch margins, left justified

  • Other: If you use quotations in your essay, please limit it to one quotation or no more than 10% of the total essay.

ASL Competition Ideas

Existing Work - Original Work

Poem - ASL Slam (poetry) Original

Drama - Storytelling

Live Song - Song Interpretation (Must be your own)

Cultural - ABC/# Stories

People's Choice Art Award

Students may submit one original work of art which creatively addresses the WLD theme (Festivals).

All competition submissions must be registered.

There are no submission size limits this year. Instead, students will submit a photo (photos for 3D artwork). The piece should be well lit.

Image(s) of artwork should be submitted as .jpg or .pdf

File name format: last name, first name_school_artwork

Each submission must include the artist’s name, title of artwork in the target language and English, as well as a brief, level-appropriate explanation in the target language and English how the artwork addresses the theme.

Judging Criteria

These rubrics will be used by the judges for competition submissions. The final score will be an average of the relevant components on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 3 (highest). An example of an irrelevant component would be "originality" for a performance of existing work.

One-take video (previously: Live performance)

  • Enthusiasm: Do I demonstrate a strong positive feeling about my presentation?

  • Expressive Skills: How prepared am I? Am I speaking clearly and correctly? Did I rehearse with my teacher?

  • ASL: Did I clearly present the PARAMETER of ASL? (handshape, movement, location, palm orientation and non-manual markers)

  • Comprehensibility: How well am I understood i.e. grammar and vocabulary?

  • Content and Creativity: How creative is my interpretation?

  • Delivery: Does this have a beginning, middle and end? Do I introduce myself (in the target language) as culturally expected?

  • Originality: How original and creative is my presentation?

Edited video

  • Enthusiasm: Am I succeeding in entertaining my audience?

  • Editing Skills: How well is the video made such as pacing, music integration, graphics, etc.?

  • ASL: Did I clearly present the PARAMETER of ASL? (handshape, movement, location, palm orientation and non-manual markers)

  • Comprehensibility: How well am I understood i.e. grammar and vocabulary?

  • Content and Creativity: How creative is my interpretation?  How well does my content address the theme of festivals for the target culture?

  • Delivery:  Do I introduce myself (in the target language) as culturally expected?  Am I able to be heard clearly and distinctly by my audience?

  • Originality: How original and creative is my presentation?

Writing: Short Story

  • Theme fit and content: the story is related to the WLD theme “Festivals”. There is a clear story line.

  • Organization of content: story has an organization to it, a beginning or introduction, a central plot or conflict, and an end or resolution. The different parts flow appropriately and are connected.

  • Creativity: story, characters and/or settings are original and creative.

  • Richness and diversity: Degree of diversity of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

  • Accuracy and communication: There are few mistakes and they are level-expected and do not interfere with the communication of the intended meaning.

Writing: Poetry

  • Theme fit and content: Clearly addresses the WLD theme of “Festivals”

  • Creativity: Displays an original and insightful consideration of festivals as part of life and a compelling application of language.

  • Richness and diversity: Degree of diversity of vocabulary and language structure. (Advanced poet also displays a sensitivity to connotation).

  • Accuracy and communication: Absence of grammatical errors and obscured communication.

Writing: Essay

  • Theme fit and content: Topic accurately conveys the World Language Day theme of “Festivals”.

  • Organization of content: Essay flows smoothly with well-constructed paragraphs and good command of transitions.

  • Creativity: Details present an authentic and vivid picture of topic. Makes intercultural connections.

  • Richness and diversity: Clear, precise, and a wide-ranging use of vocabulary and language structure at-level. Shows a commitment and enthusiasm to the topic

  • Accuracy and communication: Informative. Clear well-focused topic supported by detailed information. Usage of a variety of grammatical structures, mostly accurately at-level. If outside resources are used for support, follows MLA format.

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