Monday, August 24, 2015

CATESOL Adult Level Student Essay Writing Contest

Here's an opportunity for an Adult Education student to receive recognition and reward for their writing.  Please share widely.

Adult Level Student Essay Writing Contest

Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

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Sponsored by Cambridge University Press
California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages proudly presents the 2015 Adult-Level Student Essay Contest for ESOL students in adult education and non-credit community college programs throughout the state of California.
Technology through the Ages
is the theme of the 2015 Annual CATESOL conference to be held at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, California, November 12-15, 2015.
In keeping with the conference theme, the writing prompt for the annual student essay contest is:
"Technology in My Old and New Country"
Technology is important in every country.  Compare and contrast how you used technology in your home country and how you use it now in the U.S. 
You may describe how technology helps you communicate and how it connects you with family and friends.  You can describe how it helps you with goals, such as learning a new language or doing new things at home, school, work, and in the community.
Essays must be typed, double-spaced, no more than 500 words and no fewer than 300 words. The following information must be included at the top of the essay:
·         teacher’s name
·         school/agency & address
·         teacher’s phone number
·         teacher’s email address
·         student’s name and ESL level
·         student’s address and phone number
·         student’s email address

Email essays (saved as Microsoft Word or PDF files) as attachments to:  kpursley at


The winning essay will be chosen based on its adherence to the conference theme and

essay prompt, clarity of ideas, and appropriateness for public reading at the Adult Level Rap Session at the state CATESOL Conference on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The author of the winning essay will receive a prize of educational texts worth $100 contributed by Cambridge University Press Publishers. The winner and a guest, along with the teacher of the winning student, will be invited to the Adult Level Rap session. At the Rap the winning student will be recognized, be awarded the prize and will publicly read the winning essay. Please note that the winner and his/her guest and teacher must be able to travel at their own expense to the annual conference in Anaheim.

Questions? Email Kristen Pursley at kpursley  at or Kristen Pursley   at

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