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CLOSING DATE OF THE 2016 SUMMER WRITING INTERNATIONAL CONTEST for Young Learners

CLOSING DATE OF THE 2016 SUMMER WRITING INTERNATIONAL CONTEST for Young Learners

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Welcoming the requests of some schoolchildren who are in process of writing their summer stories, we have extended the Writing Contest by one month. 

September 30, 2016 will be the closing date of the Summer Writing Contest. There will be no event in the ICAN Club (you do NOT need to sign up). We will announce the winners on this page. 

   Learning English has no holidays. Take part in this contest and win a prize and a certificate!

THE RULES OF THE CONTEST

1.       PARTICIPANTS
Non-native speakers of English from any country.

2.       AGE
You are younger than 18.

If you are older than 18, please, read the rules here.

3.       TIME
Between June 1 and August 31, 2016.

4.       CONTENT
Choose any topic you like. Do not post anything that is not suitable at school.

5.       ORIGINALITY
Write your text yourself. You can ask your teacher for advice.

6.       AWARDS
1st place: a certificate and a prize from Great Britain
2nd place: a certificate
3d place: a certificate

Public Award Certificate

7.       ASSESSMENT

Criteria

                 Outstanding         Average      Leaves much to be desired
     A. Content

   
        multiplier
Exciting
Informative
Funny 
ХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХХ 

                         3

It's a well-written text, but it does not impress the reader.


2

It's hard to understand why the author wrote this text 


1

B. Quality of the language

multiplier
Free of mistakes,
exact words and
diverse structures

                           3
Some mistakes, but it is possible to understand the message
                     1
The text is hard to understand. Bad grammar and spelling mistakes, wrong use of words, wrong punctuation
                          0.5
     C. Multimedia
(photos, pictures, videos, sound tracks, maps, etc.)
Quality multimedia elements.

Multimedia supports the text.

               100 points
The multimedia elements are either of poor quality or do not fully match the text
               50 points
No multimedia elements

          
                    No points

Examples:

1.       Zack has submitted a text that contains 130 words. He tells an exciting story about rafting and supports it with a great photo and a video. However, there are several mistakes in his story: wrong punctuation, spelling mistakes and wrong tenses.
So, Zack will get the score of
Criterion A: 130 х 3 = 390
Criterion B: 130 х 2 = 260
Criterion C: 100

Total: 750

2.       Joe wrote a long text, 300 words, about the book he was reading. Great job! But Joe didn't make any analysis or evaluation of the book. He limited himself to simple retelling of the plot without adding any value. Why did he write the text? It is not clear – there is nothing to remember from his text. Besides, Joe didn't proofread his text. His sentences are not finished, some words are used incorrectly and make it difficult to understand the message. And Joe didn't upload any illustration.
So, Joe's submission will be evaluated as follows:
Criterion A: 300 х 1 = 300
Criterion B: 300 х 0.5 = 150
Criterion C: 0

Total: 450

As you can see from these examples, it is much better to write a shorter quality text than a long and uninteresting one. Think about making a contribution, think about the value you are adding to this project to keep people interested after our 2016 SUMMER WRITING INTERNATIONAL CONTEST is over.

You can win the Public Award Certificate if you share your uploads in your social networks and ask your friends to read them and to write meaningful comments. It is not enough to write "Great!" or "I like it!". Your friends should write why they like your text.

Now that you know all the rules – we wish you the best of luck and look forward to your submissions.

Step 1: Register with http://writespeakenglish.com/
Step 2. Go to your Profile.
Step 3. Upload your text to Community Talk. 
upload submissions to the Writing contest

Step 4. Use the buttons under your post in Community Talk to share it in social networks. 

Do NOT to sign up - there will be no event in the ICAN Club.
The winners will be announced on this page.  


Author
About Author

Valiantsina (Val) is the founder and leader of ICAN Club, the owner and the admin of this site. She is the person to approach whenever you need help or advice. Val is an experienced teacher of English, who has worked in a variety of contexts and capacities and also as an interpreter/translator for international organizations, such as the World Bank, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, etc. She is an ideal candidate for cross-border creative educational projects.

Comments (1)

Val

By Val 19.06.2016

Please, do not spend much time to write a long and difficult text. The Contest is meant to be fun and easy. You have more chances to win if you write short and lovely pieces + nice visuals. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to write more contributions.
EARLY START BONUSES:
1. the 1st contribution - 300 points,
2. the 2nd contribution - 200 points,
3. the 3d contribution - 100 points,
Go for them!
Please, do not spend much time to write a long and difficult text. The Contest is meant to be fun and easy. You have more chances to win if you write short and lovely pieces + nice visuals. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to write more contributions. EARLY START BONUSES: 1. the 1st contribution - 300 points, 2. the 2nd contribution - 200 points, 3. the 3d contribution - 100 points, Go for them!

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