Let Me Tell You a Story, Let Me Tell You in My Language

Thank you to all who submitted entries in this year’s Let Me Tell You a Story competition. We received entries for Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Mandjildarra, Punjabi, Russian and Serbian. There were many quality submissions and some very beautiful stories. Congratulations to all students who entered, as the task in itself was a challenge. Congratulations to the winners!

Category PP-Yr 2 Film                   

First Prize                Alisa Yamasaki                  ‘Kimono That I Love’ (Japanese)

Second Prize           Fatima Alfardan                ‘Let Me Tell You a Story’ (Arabic)

Category Yr 3-4 Film      

First Prize               Arina Yakimenko/Valeria Yakunina/Margaryta Chyzhma/Mariana Kumar/Elizaveta Monkina/Maria Syvolap

Vasilisa Goncharova/Ekaterina Iudina/Alina Khilinskaya/Safira Akhmadeeva/Maria Lugovskaya/Molly Scott                 ‘Valeria and Friends’  (Russian)

Second Prize           Li Qi Wong                         ‘Li Qui and the Dragon’ (Chinese)

Third Prize              Yilia Wang/Yolanda Wang/Lechen Wang                ‘Our Story about Australia’ (Chinese)

Category Yr 3-4 ebook  

First Prize               Samuele Cappati               ‘The Magic Star’ (Italian)

Category Yr 5-6 Film      

First Prize               Kaitlyn Sin/Daisy Niu      ‘Our Differences’ (Chinese)

Second Prize          Olivia Phang                       ‘Dongzi’ (Chinese)

Third Prize             Advaith Kishore                 ‘Sand Water and People’ (Tamil)

Category Yr 5-6 ebook  

First Prize              Kai Yamasaki                      ‘Schooling Days in Japan’ (Japanese)

Second Prize         Averyl Pang/Hannah Cheng         ‘The Missing Panda’ (Chinese)

Third Prize            Kaidyn Derrell                     ‘Going to Punmu Hill’ (Mandjildjarra)

Category Yr 7-9 ebook  

First Prize              Islam Altarifi                         ‘My Trip to Australia’ (Arabic)

Second Prize         Belinda Brooks                      ‘Punmu and Jamparri Swimming’ (Mandjildjarra)

Third Prize            Zehera Akmush                    ‘My Trip to Dubai’ (Arabic)

Category Yr 10-12 Film 

First Prize              Dayle D’Mello/Anna Bullard      ‘Let Me Tell You a Story’ (Chinese)

Commendations    Taman Arrozi  (Arabic); Fawzan Mardijono (Arabic)

Category Yr 10-12 ebook             

Commendation     Abdulla Ellagta (Arabic)


The Competition

Students tell an original story in two languages. One language must be English, the other a language other than English (ie spoken in the home and/or community). The story can be about any topic, can be true to storyteller’s life or fictitious. The story should be intercultural, ie conveying ideas and messages about the other language and its culture(s).

Stories can be presented either as:

      1. A bilingual film that has a spoken narrative in a language other than English, with written sub-titles in English. The film must not exceed 3 minutes in duration.
      2. A bilingual eBook using a narrative genre. The book must include audio files of the story told in a language other than English, and audio files of the English translation. Images such as real photographs taken by the student, drawings/paintings created by the students should be included on each page to reinforce the meaning of the story. Written words and captions in the language other than English can be included on the pages (optional). The eBook must not exceed 20 pages.

Teachers of bilingual students, background language students, English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) students such as Aboriginal language teachers, EAL/D teachers, community and mainstream language teachers should encourage their students to take part in the competition. The competition is designed to give voice to culturally and linguistically diverse students, and to provide them with opportunities to develop translating and intercultural skills. Teachers should refer to the Let Me Tell You A Story Teachers Resources for advice on how to provide support for students who want to enter the competition. When encouraging participation in the competition, teachers must ensure students read the Code of Conduct advice before undertaking filming or photographing.

Assistance from adults can be sought, however it is essential that the content ie the story, images and spoken narratives (film and eBook audio files) be the work of the student(s). Should the student(s) use any other images or photographs they must be free from any copyright, including third party, restrictions. The story must be original, not a translation of an existing story.


This competition is designed for background and first language learners of a language other than English. More than one student can create a story, however, where there are multiple creator/authors, they should all be of a similar age and qualify for the same age category.

Categories / Languages

Age categories:

Junior Primary (PP-Year 2)

Middle Primary (Years 3-4)

Upper Primary (Years 5-6)

Lower Secondary (Years 7-9)

Upper Secondary (Years 10-12)

The film format is recommended for secondary students, while all ages are encouraged for the eBook format.

There is no limit to the languages other than English that can be used in the bilingual storytelling.


Prizes are awarded to the best story. Some stories will have more than one creator, requiring sharing of the prize money. Winning stories of each format (film and eBook) and age category will receive a monetary prize of $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place) and $30 (3rd place). All creators of winning stories will receive a Winner’s Certificate.

Winners will be invited to attend an event during Term 4 to receive their prize and will be notified via email by 10 October, 2018.

Videos of the winning film submissions may be screened at future MLTAWA events and/or posted on the MLTAWA website, MLTAWA YouTube channel and the Languages in the Mainstream Facebook page.

Judging criteria

Each story will be judged on:

      • Combination of visual and digital elements to reinforce meaning and create layers of meaning.
      • Ability to entertain, convey ideas, express emotions and explore the creativity of language.
      • Ability to capture the experience of ‘living between languages/cultures’ and/or the multicultural nature of the creator(s) personal, school and community experience.
      • Ability to convey intercultural knowledge and understanding.

Submission process

Students themselves submit their stories, however, teachers and/or parents should assist in the uploading of the submission.

The submission page is password protected. If you have not received the password, please email [email protected] to request it.

      • Film submissions must be in a .M4V, .MP4, .mov or .avi format and uploaded to the Submission Page
      • The eBook submissions must be uploaded in an ePub format and uploaded to the Submission Page.

Submissions must be accompanied by a scanned copy of a signed Declaration Form for each student appearing in the videos. The declaration forms can also be uploaded to the submission page

All competition submissions are bound by the Languages in the Mainstream competition Terms and Conditions.

Key Dates

30 March 2018                Let Me Tell You a Story (Let me Tell you in my Language)  Competition launched

21 September 2018       Let me Tell you a Story (Let me Tell you in my Language) Competition submissions due

10 October 2018             Creators of winning stories notified and invited to attend a MLTAWA event

24 October, 2018            Winners collect their prizes and certificates at an Awards’ event

Related documents and resources

Let Me Tell You a Story Competition Poster  Print out and display at your school.

Declaration Form

Code of Conduct

Terms and Conditions

LITM Film Workshop Resource created by Celena Mecham

The Art of Storytelling Khan Academy/Pixar in a Box free online course

Check out the 2017 film category winners:

  • Jacopo and Luna Cioni (First Place, Years 4-6) for “Follow Your Dreams” (Italian and English)
  • Dayle D’Mello (First Place, Years 7-9) for “Cultures-China vs Australia” (Chinese and English)
  • Raihan Gill and co (Second Place, Years 7-9) for “Tigers vs Lions” (Arabic and English)
  • Rachel Lim and Shu-min Kho (First Place, Years 10-12) for “This Is” (Chinese and English)

And the 2017 eBook category winners:

    • In the Pre-primary to Year 3 age group:
      • First Place – Mattia Muscuso for his Italian-English bilingual eBook titled “Carlosaurus and Spinnerino Ballerino”
      • Second Place – Fajri Shebli for his Indonesian-English eBook titled “I like Playing Robot”
      • Third prize – Alexander Sholdas for his Macedonian-English eBook titled “My Great Grandfather’s Long Journey to Australia”


      Click on the images to download the ebooks

      Carlosaurus and Spinnerino Ballerino

      Saya Suka Bermain Robot

      My Great Grandfather’s Long Journey to Australia







    • In the Years 4 to 6 age group:
      • First Place – Angelie Marie Mei-Lin Ng for her French-English bilingual eBook titled “Jeanne à Paris”
      • Second Place – Isla Howard for her Finnish-English eBook titled “Fun Day in a Finnish School”
      • Third prize – Hugh Rayment for his Japanese-English eBook titled “Ra-men”

      Jeanne à Paris

      Fun Day in a Finnish School








    • In the Years 7 to 9 age group:
      • First Place – Byron Howard for his Finnish-English bilingual eBook  “My Journey”
      • Second Place – Zehera Akmush for her Arabic-English eBook titled “My Trip to Iraq”
      • Third prize – Hawra Al-Aaraji for her Arabic-English eBook titled “My Trip to Iraq”

      My Journey

      My Trip to Iraq

      My Trip to Iraq







    • In the Years 10-12 age group:
      • First Place – Francesca Van Thanh Lay for her Vietnamese-English bilingual eBook titled “Hung and the Dragon”

      Hung and the Dragon










Enquiries: [email protected]

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