“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
John 1:1 Bible
I believe in words… I believe that words can save and kill people. Reading and writing is one of the tools helping us realize the value and power of the words.
The idea of Creative Writing Olympics is to challenge students think in a creative way. To give them a chance to express themselves.
There are different methodologies of language teaching and learning. Learning by creative writing is one of the best options to feel the language. The fact that language is not a mere nomenclature of the words but it is full of combinations, idioms, set expressions it is important to sense them to use proper words in the specific situations.
The main goal of Creative Writing Olympics is to motivate students to think in a creative way in a foreign language in our case in English. The idea of the event is trying to create kind of extra-curricular event giving students a chance to test their abilities, see and evaluate their competences and skills.
Fourteen students participated in the first mini contest of Creative Writing Contest. They had three topics giving them the options that they could choose one of them. The topics were the following:
- You just built a time machine. Where in time would you go? What did you do? What did you see? Would you want to stay there or come back to present time?
- You just discovered a new land. What are you going to call your land? What kind of animals live there? What do you discover on your land? What are you going to build on your new land?
- If you had to choose to be one age for the rest of your life which age would you want to be? Why?
Essays will be evaluated by the jury. During evaluation the main criteria is flow of the ideas and students’ imagination. Winners will be awarded by special prices. The competition includes the first, second and third place winner nominations and one the most popular essay will be chosen according to the people’s votes in social network such as facebook.
Creative Writing Olympics will also take place in January. In the next event there will be more participants from different high schools. The winner participants’ essays will be awarded and published. Besides students will get the certificates for participation and they will get extra credits from English language teacher for taking part in the extra curricular activity.
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