YCEEC - 3rd YOUTH CREATIVE ENGLISH ESSAY CONTEST

 

YCEEC -  3rd YOUTH CREATIVE ENGLISH ESSAY CONTEST

The Department of English Language and Literature

wishes to inform you about a unique opportunity.

 
All the pen-lovers who would like to share

their writings are informed that the 
 
3rd YOUTH CREATIVE ENGLISH ESSAY CONTEST
 
for young high school students in Albania
 
is officially open!
 
 
THIS YEAR EDITION'S TOPIC IS...
 

One of the basic human rights is to reach up-to-date information any time they need. Still, such necessity arises somewhat excessively in today`s world resulting in adverse effects of irrelevant, redundant and low-value information also known as Information Pollution, which might have a negative effect on our daily activities and manifest itself in broad and various formats.

[INSPIRING QUESTIONS]

What are the dangers of Information Pollution?

What can be some ways of reducing or eliminating such a problem and by which means can we achieve such a goal?

In what ways does Info Pollution manifest itself, in the family, within friends, on the internet?
 
What are the psychological, cultural and ideological circumstances where it is developed and on the other side combated?
 
How can it affect the country's economic and financial revenues?
 
Introduction
 
English Language and Literature Department has been organizing the Youth Creative English Essay Contest, which is in coordination with Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University and British Council Albania since 2014. For each contest there have been participating approximately 400 pupils from private and public high schools in Albania. In their essays high school students have addressed global challenges and proposed potential solutions based on their own perspectives.
 
The Youth Creative English Essay Contest winners participate in the award ceremony, which are held at Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University, Tirana, have the opportunity to visit British Council and Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University, to participate in discussions and to share their ideas and listen to their peers from all around Albania.
 
The aim of this contest is to provide a chance for young writers from around the country to engage each other in discussion and to advance cross-cultural understanding.
 
Objectives
 
The objectives of the YCEEC encourages all students in Albania;
 
  • to help young minds define problems related to stable peace and social harmony, discuss them, and offer possible solutions from their own perspectives
  • to contribute a positive impact on society by building social skills
  • to improve research and writing skills that are so essential for college years
  • to create a lifetime opportunity for high school students to exchange ideas with their peers.
 
Writing Guidelines

The essay should

  • be written in English;
  • be original, unpublished, and written entirely by student;
  • contain student’s original opinions and recommendations based on research;
  • be at least 1,500 words in length but no more than 2,000 (Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count);
  • be typed, double-spaced with margins: left: 1.5", right: 1", top: 1", bottom: 1", page-numbered;
  • include a bibliography;
  • comply with standards regarding citations and bibliography
 
Judging Criteria 
 
The decision of the judges is final as relating to all contest matters.
  • Address the topic; Essay addresses the topic competently.
  • Focus; Essay is focused and purposeful.
  • Statement of the main idea; Main idea is stated clearly.
  • Discussion and support; Essay discusses the topic and supports the main idea.
  • Considerable research; Essay is based on a considerable research.
  • Eloquence; Essay displays an eloquent style in terms of sentence structure and word choice.
  • Conventions; Use of language is proper in terms of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Organization; Essay is well organized in terms of transition and paragraph order.
  • Length; Between 1,500 and 2,000 words
  • Referencing; References are proper and adequate, and indicated in a bibliography.
  • Originality; Overall, the essay is original.

 

Awards
 
1st Place 10.1 inch Tablet
2nd Place 8 inch Tablet
3rd Place 6 inch Tablet
1st to 20th Places will take APTIS for free and be awarded with scholarships from Beder University
 All Participants will recieve their PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES
 
[PS: The awards along with certificates are distributed at the Award Ceremonies.]
 
 
Application 
 
The applicants should submit their essay papers to the e-mail below; 
yceec@beder.edu.al
 
 
Important Dates
 
24th DECEMBER 2015 Call for Essays
24th DECEMBER - 05th MAY 2016 Writing Period
05th MAY 2016 Deadline for Essay Submission
10th - 16th 
MAY 2016
Announcement of Results - the Winners + [free] APTIS Exam for the FIRST 20
26th MAY 2016 Award Ceremony