European Day Of Languages Competition!

Are you a middle or high school German or French learner or do you know somebody who is? If the answer is yes, then this is the competition for you!

As part of our European Day of Languages celebration, we’re holding a competition and we want you to get involved!


We’re joining forces with our French colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta to celebrate language learning through the European Day of Languages. This year, we’ll be focusing on the theme “Advancing Your Career Through World Languages,” looking at how adding a second or third language to your résumé can really boost your career prospects.

Part of the celebrations will involve a competition, and that’s where we want you to get involved! Ready for some more information? Well, here goes!

What is it all about?

We want to foster the promotion of foreign language learning across languages and cultures, and raise awareness to how important having a second or third language on your résumé can be towards your future career. We live in a global society and world language learning is vital if we want to get ahead.

Who can enter?

You must be learning either French or German at your high school or middle school and/or be a member of a language club within Georgia. You can enter this competition as a group of two.

What do you have to do?

This year’s theme focuses on ‘Advancing Your Career through World Languages,’ focusing on how adding a second or third language to your résumé can really boost your career prospects. For this competition, we ask that you to create and produce a 3- to 4-minute video in which you either interview each other (High School Students) or talk about your dream job (Middle School Students) – all in the target language.

What do I need to include in my video?

Your video needs to include the following:

  • approx. 30 seconds of introductions of yourself (and partner). We will need to know who you are, which school you attend, what level German/French class you are currently taking, who your language teacher is, and anything else you want to tell us about yourselves;
  • High School Students – each will submit a 1 minute 30 seconds interview where one partner will interview the other and vice versa
  • Middle School Students – each will talk for 1 minute 30 seconds about their dream job.
  • All videos should be a maximum of 4 minutes long,

How will my video be judged?

All submissions will be divided into French/German 2, French/German 3, and AP French/ AP German. (This is why we need to know what level German/French you are currently taking.) We will be looking at your intonation, pronunciation, and delivery. So practice a compelling, interview or conversation, and share it with us!

How do I submit my video?

  • After you have produced you video, simply upload it to YouTube by 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. We’d like it to be uploaded with a quality of at least 480p. You can post it either as “listed” or “unlisted”.
  • After submitting your video (4 minutes maximum duration!), please send the YouTube link to either (French Videos) or (German Videos) to complete your submission. Please add ‘EDL Submission Video’ to the subject title of your e-mail, and include your name(s), contact information, school, grade, and name of your teacher.
  • We will not be able to accept any late submissions after the deadline.

What happens after I submit my video?

We will inform you if you’re a finalist by the end of the day on Monday, September 21, 2015. Attend our European Day of Languages event on Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30pm. We will be announcing the winners as well as handing out prizes to the winners for all submission levels of French and German at our event.

Speaking of that event, here’s a little more information about it and how you can reserve your place – we’d hate for you to miss out!

The evening will be split into three major areas:

  • The keynote address with guest speaker Mr. John Woodward, Senior Director, Foreign Investment at the Metro Atlanta Chamber who will discuss the importance of world languages in the business sector, focusing on intercultural relations and how having a knowledge of other cultures can help in your career
  • The panel discussion & Q&A will involve local business and academic leaders discussing the importance and benefits within the business sector to be linguistically and culturally literate, and respond to the audience’s questions and comments. Panelists will include:
    • Mr. John Woodward, Senior Director, Foreign Investment, Metro Atlanta Chamber
    • Mr. James Blair, Managing Consultant, Navigator Consulting
    • Dr. William Nichols, Department Chair World Languages and Culture, Georgia State University
    • Ms. Marcia Spielberger, Consultant World Languages
  • The competition – this you already know about!

This is an excellent opportunity for all guests to broaden their horizons when it comes to learning a new language and the benefits it can have! You’ll get the chance to mingle and network with some of Atlanta’s international business and educational leaders, giving you the opportunity to forge some relationships that could contribute to a bright future in the business world! For students, getting involved may also give your résumé a big boost by showing your commitment to the language and culture you are learning.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

When: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta / Alliance Française d’Atlanta Auditorium
Admission: Complimentary, RSVP is essential as we work on a first-come-first-served basis.


Register Now

We look forward to watching your competition entries and hope to see you at the event!

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