MaFLA - 2019 Essay Contest Submission Form
This form should be filled out by the teacher submitting the 2019 Essay Contest Submission Form

Please, read the contest information below. If you understand and agree to contest entry terms, please click Next at the end of this page. Please, make sure you have all the information before starting.

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Contest Details and Instructions

2019 THEME: Level Up Your Language Education!

MaFLA wants to raise students' awareness of the role that world languages play in the state and to involve students and teachers more actively in that purpose. Students submitting these essays should consider what the theme means to them. How does it apply to your everyday experience with learning another language and how does it fit in with ultimate goals around language?

All world language teachers of Massachusetts are invited to get their students involved in celebrating the theme!

Students must demonstrate the ability to be effective communicators in the State of Massachusetts. MaFLA is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for all students in public and private schools in Massachusetts to participate in our essay contest. We encourage MaFLA members to work in collaboration with their ELA teachers.

In each of the divisions outlined below students will have the opportunity to demonstrate in English 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 four specific categories corresponding to their grade level below.

Contests Guidelines
1. Each entry must be an original work of a current foreign language student (including students enrolled in an ESL class) whose teacher is currently a MaFLA member.
2. No group entries will be accepted. LIMIT: 5 (FIVE) entries per school.
3. Teacher must submit the official entry via the Google Form below (including any PDFs or JPGs of items that require a signature with their entries as state below)
4. All entries become the property of MaFLA.
5. Essays must be written in English. Essays must state theme and content must be relevant to the theme
6. Essays must have a title, be typed/word processed (Times New Roman font at 12 points) and double spaced.
7. If outside sources are used, they must be cited appropriately.
Divisions and Corresponding Essay Lengths
Elementary School - Grades K-5: Maximum of 150 words.
Middle School - Grades 6-8: Maximum of 250 words
High School - Grades 9-12: Maximum of 350 words
College or University - Grades 13-16: Maximum of 350 words

Reminder: All essays become the property of MaFLA

One essay will be selected as Essay of the Year; author will receive a check for $50.00; The winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference.

There will be only one winner per division. For the division producing the Essay of the Year no division award will be given.

Division winners for the essay contest will receive a check for $25.00. These awards may be presented by a MaFLA Board Member at the students school awards ceremony in the spring.

Several Honorable Mention essays will be selected and featured at the MaFLA Fall Conference.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. A letter of appreciation will be sent to all MaFLA members whose students participate in the contests. In addition, letters of appreciation will be sent to the principal and superintendent of participating schools.

Winners will be posted on

Certificates and acknowledgements will be sent.

Judging Criteria
Topic Development
Use of Language (English)
Contact - if any questions/concerns.
Jeane O'Hearn -
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