YCEEC 2018

YCEEC – 5th Annual Youth Creative English Essay Contest – 2018

“Dependence on Modern Technology”

Nowadays, we are living in a high-technology century where it seems impossible to do without devices such as cell phones and laptops. Along with amazing benefits, advancies in technology have presented great challenges and great opportunities. Many see the result as bringing our world closer together while others see our humanity diminishing.


Consideration Questions

  • What are some main reasons that you use technology?
  • How has your dependence on TV, internet, computers, cell phones, etc. affected your life – for

good or bad?

  • What has been the effect on your social, family, educational experience?
  • What do you think about the future of technology? Where do you think it's headed?

Words limit: 700 - 1000 words. E-mail: [email protected]



The organizers will award certificate of achievement to the students submitting the best three (3) essays from both public and private schools.

The best of all will take IELTS, the best five (5) from public schools and the best five (5) from private schools will  take Aptis Test organized by British Council.

All participants will receive certificate of participation.


Deadline 25 March, 2018

Ceremony 12April, 2018


Essay Format Instructions and writing tips:

You are writing an academic essay; therefore you need to be careful that you follow the required format.

  1. Typewritten:
    1. 12 pt. font;
    2. Arial or New Times Roman;
    3. Double-space;
    4. Block or indented paragraphs;
    5. Insert page numbers top right-hand corner.
  2. Top left-hand corner of your essay: your name, the name of your school, and the date of your submission (on separate lines, single-space);
  3. Essay title followed by body paragraphs (NB: the title of your essay is NOT in italics or in quotations, capitalize the main words);
  4. Do not bold type any parts of your submission.


Essay Writing Tips:

Your essay will be read, reviewed, and judged by the academic staff of the English Language and Literature Department of Beder University. Your essay will be judged on format, proper mechanics (spelling and punctuation), thesis argument and support, and essay construction. To refresh your memory regarding essay construction, here are the basic elements:

  1. Title:
    1. In a few words, or one short phrase, your title should offer the reader some idea of what to expect in your essay.
  2. Introduction:
    1. Simply stated, your introduction should tell the reader what you are going to tell him/her in the following body paragraphs of your essay –this is basically your essay outline in narrative form, point-by-point;
    2. The introduction should also include (in one or two sentences) your main argument, thesis, or purpose;
    3. The overall function of the introduction is to give the reader a reason why he/she should keep reading.
  3. Body Paragraphs:
    1. Each of these paragraphs should cover one single point of those that you said you were going to cover in your introduction;
    2. Each paragraph should connect with the following paragraph, unless you state otherwise – that is, if you shift focus you should say so;
    3. Simply stated, your body paragraphs tell the reader what you said you were going to tell him/her in your introduction.
  4. Conclusion:
    1. To a great degree, your conclusion restates your introduction;
    2. Your conclusion hits the main points you made in your body paragraphs;
    3. Your conclusion DOES NOT introduce any new evidence supporting your argument, thesis, or purpose.

Two final tips: Read your work out-loud (you will always find something you want to rewrite), in addition to catching mistakes and otherwise obvious errors in punctuation, spelling, mechanics and grammar; and remember, a finished, effective essay will go through many drafts. Good luck!