2010 Shakespeare School Essay Competition: age group 15-19

Get thinking, get involved, share your creative ideas with us and you can win an English summer school at OXFORD or CAMBRIDGE, as well as many other surprises!

Eligibility:

  • the contest is open to ALL youngsters aged 15-19
  • to enter the contest, you have to leave an interesting and original comment to one of the posts from Shakespeare School blog
  • optional: if you have a Facebook account, you may become one of our fans on Shakespeare’ School Facebook fan page

When you fulfil these requirements, you are officialy registered as participant in this competition and you can start writing your essay!

Essay topic:ilovefacebook

More and more people young and old are using social networking sites like hi5 and Facebook to connect with each other.

What role do you think online social networking will have in the future and how will it connect people from different parts of the world, like Romania and UK or USA?

Write a 350 word essay and discuss the role and future of social networking sites. Amaze us and you can win an amazing summer!

The creativity of your ideas expressed is more important than perfect English grammar.

Prizes:

1st Prize

– a 2 week  summer school (25 July-8 August 2010) in England at OXFORD, offered by Mirunette International Education travel agency *

-a 27 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School “Preparing students for international exams” : CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)

– a school bag (with notebook, coloring pencils, eraser and pen) and a Penguin English Dictionary, offered by DIVERTA

*The English summer school at Oxford includes:

OXFORD

  • English classes –  20  lessons per week, in multinational groups of maximum 15 students

  • 3 meals/day and 14 nights accommodation in the residence of Oxford Brookes University, Morell Hall campus, in single rooms, common bathrooms and kitchen

  • Daily sports and social programme

  • 2 full day excursions (London, Bath)

  • 2 ½ day excursion (Blenheim Palace & Gardens, Cotswold Wild Life Park, etc)

  • Use of textbooks and educational materials

  • Certificate of attendance

  • UK medical insurance

  • transfer to and from London Heathrow airport

  • Romanian group leader (a Shakespeare School English teacher) that will accompany the group of students

  • The prize does not include*:
    o flight ticket Bucharest-London-Bucharest

    * The transport  cost must be paid by the winner, who must have sufficient funds to cover this expense. Otherwise, the prize will be offered to the next competitor.

    2nd Prize

    – a 2 week English summer school (8-22 August 2010) in England at Cambridge, offered by Studio Cambridge, the oldest language school in Cambridge accredited by the British Council and English UK *

    – a 27 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School “Preparing students for international exams” : IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    *The English summer school at Cambridge includes:

    Cambridge

  • English classes –  20  lessons per week, in multinational groups of maximum 15 students, held at Ridley Hall College, Cambridge University

  • 3 meals/day and 14 nights accommodation in the campus of Cambridge University, double or single rooms, common bathrooms

  • Daily sports and social programme

  • 2 full day excursions (London, Bath)

  • Use of textbooks and educational materials

  • Certificate of attendance

  • medical insurance

  • transfer to and from London Heathrow airport

  • Romanian group leader (a Shakespeare School English teacher) that will accompany the group of students

  • The prize does not include*:
    o flight ticket Bucharest-London-Bucharest

    * The transport  cost must be paid by the winner, who must have sufficient funds to cover this expense. Otherwise, the prize will be offered to the next competitor.

    3rd Prize

    – a 27 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School “Preparing students for international exams”: FCE

    – a school bag (with notebook, coloring pencils, eraser and pen) and a Penguin English Dictionary, offered by DIVERTA

    3 Honourable Mentions consisting of:
    – 1 Penguin English Dictionary, offered by DIVERTA
    – 1 book offered by Fischer International
    – a 50% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School

    + 4 Special Prizes consisting of:
    – 1 book offered by Fischer International or 1 Penguin English Dictionary offered by DIVERTA
    – a 25% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School

    Important notes:

    • participation is FREE OF CHARGE
    • all submitted essays will receive a Certificate of Participation to our essay competition
    • winning essays and other essays of merit will receive an Essay Award Certificate
    • all winning essays will be posted on Shakespeare School blog
    • English teachers that will have minimum 10 students enrolled to 2010 Shakespeare School Essay Competition will receive a “Certificate of Merit” from Shakespeare School

    Guidelines:

    • all essays must be written in English
    • all essays must be original and unpublished
    • word count: 300-350 words

    Judging criteria & Evaluation stages

    • Essays will be judged on clarity, originality, creativity
    • 1st stage: essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising Shakespeare School staff, that will announce the best 15 essays until May 25, 2010
    • 2nd stage: the 15 finalists will be invited for a short interview, which will take place on Saturday, 29th of May, at Shakespeare School in Bucharest
    • the final results will be announced on June 10, at the award ceremony which will be held at Shakespeare School, 11 Dimirie Racovita Street, sector 2, Bucharest

    Deadline

    All essays must be submitted by May 6, 2010.

    How to submit your essay:
    – Complete the online application form and upload your essay on our website at  “Inscriere Concurs”
    – An e-mail will be sent confirming the receipt of your submission

    GOOD LUCK!

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