The Essay Contest

About The Essay Contest

The CT COLT Essay Contest is an annual event open to students whose teachers are members of CT COLT.  The goals for the Essay Contest are:

  • To offer students a voice with regard to world language education and policies, in addition to recognizing excellence in research, documentation, and writing.
  • To have an exemplary piece of writing that CT COLT may use for advocacy; to that end, the essay needs to be in English.

Each year, the Essay Contest has a different theme, as well as a series of prompting questions that will help students compose their work.  It is to be in either letter or essay format, consisting of no more than two typed, double-spaced pages. Students should incorporate and cite current research in foreign language pedagogy.  Writers are also encouraged to include their own viewpoints and personal experience as it pertains to the essay topic.

2022 Essay Contest

CT COLT is happy to announce the winners of the 2022 COLT Essay Contest. The Middle School and High School winners are:

MS Winner
Student: Shreysht Rajesh
Public School: Irving A. Robbins Middle School
Tamil Language School: Agaram Tamil Padasalai
Teacher: Vijayalakshmi Gorty

HS Winner
Student: Juliana Assis
School: Shelton High School
Teacher: Amy Conklin

Each student will receive a $50 check and their teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate to Carlex.

Look for information about the 2023 contest in the spring of that year.