Student Essay Contest: How Does Being Bilingual Affect Your Life?

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Pick up your pens! Like last year, Frenchly and French Morning are organizing an essay contest on bilingualism as part of the Bilingual Education Fair on November 3 at the Fordham University School of Law near Lincoln Center.

The contest is open to all bilingual middle and high school students (7th-11th Grade) in the Tri-State (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) area, no matter what kind of school they attend (bilingual, monolingual, a bilingual program, charter school, magnet school, private school, boarding school, etc.).

French does not need to be one of the languages spoken by the student to participate. The contest is open to all bilinguals, whether they speak Mandarin, Italian, Bengali, Finnish, Hindi, Russian, or Swahili — all are welcome.

The winners will be announced and recognized at the Bilingual Fair on November 3rd.

Essays must be written in English. All essays must be submitted here before October 15.

ESSAY CONTEST

Essay Question:
– Middle school students: “How has being bilingual affected your life?”
– High school students: “How has being bilingual affected your life? How will bilingualism affect the rest of your life?”

Length Requirement:
7th-8th graders (Middle School), 300-350 words
9th-11th graders (High School), 450-500 words

Prizes:
High School
1st: $400 for the student and $250 for the school
2nd: $200 for the student and $100 for the school
3rd: $100 for the student

Middle School
1st: $200 for the student and $100 for the school
2nd: $100 for the student and $50 for the school
3rd: $50 for the student

Submission:
Essays must be written in English. All essays must be submitted here before October 15.

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