Side by Side

Thank you to all the teachers who submitted their students’ entries in this year’s Side by Side competition (we had 65 entries!). The standard was much higher this year and some categories had many quality submissions, making it tough for the judges. Congratulations to all students who entered, as the task in itself was a challenge.

And the winners are…
Sehaam Abdirahman Arabic Yr 7-8 Australian Islamic College (Dianella)
Nasteho Mohammed Arabic Yr 7-8 Australian Islamic College (Dianella)
Nasteexo Abdirahman Arabic Yr 9-10 Australian Islamic College (Dianella)
Sumaya Mohamed Arabic Yr 9-10 Australian Islamic College (Dianella)
Charlotte Martin German PP-Yr2 Baldivis Primary School
Scarlett Fairbrother German PP-Yr2 Baldivis Primary School
Millie Wallace German Yr 3-4 Baldivis Primary School
Ella Jefferies German Yr 3-4 Baldivis Primary School
Ryan Guidera German Yr 5-6 Baldivis Primary School
Behrooz Moghimizadeh German Yr 5-6 Baldivis Primary School
Linda Xu Japanese Yr 3-4 Caladenia Primary School
Naomi Cheung Japanese Yr 3-4 Caladenia Primary School
Harnoor Sidhu Japanese Yr 5-6 Caladenia Primary School
Roozal Khehra Japanese Yr 5-6 Caladenia Primary School
Nouvelle Tamilalagan Italian Yr 7-8 Canning Vale College
Josie Wood Italian Yr 7-8 Canning Vale College
Finn Lip French Yr 7-8 Christ Church Grammar School
Jack Landau French Yr 7-8 Christ Church Grammar School
Joshua Chen Japanese Yr 7-8 Christ Church Grammar School
Jason Liu Japanese Yr 7-8 Christ Church Grammar School
Jason Lu Japanese Yr 9-10 Christ Church Grammar School
Daniel Jones Japanese Yr 9-10 Christ Church Grammar School
Oscar Gregory French Yr 3-4 Glengarry Primary School
Tommi Braccini French Yr 3-4 Glengarry Primary School
Amelia Joubert Modern Greek Yr 5-6 Immaculate Heart College
Princess Vicedo Modern Greek Yr 5-6 Immaculate Heart College
Amira Soroka Indonesian Yr 5-6 Joondalup Primary School
Tully Leonard-Kelly Indonesian Yr 5-6 Joondalup Primary School
Tamana Bakhshi Arabic Yr 5-6 Langford Islamic College
Armarni Millson Arabic Yr 5-6 Langford Islamic College
Ehlana Olivieri Italian Yr 9-10 Mercedes College
Mackenzie Rogers Italian Yr 9-10 Mercedes College
Maddie Boley French Yr 5-6 Nedlands Primary School
Bahar Ravanbaksh French Yr 5-6 Nedlands Primary School
Laya Biju Chinese PP-Yr2 Oberthur Primary School
Ahaan Rana Chinese PP-Yr2 Oberthur Primary School
Vasilisa Potapova Chinese Yr 3-4 Oberthur Primary School
Emma Warman Chinese Yr 3-4 Oberthur Primary School
Carmea Visser Chinese Yr 7-8 Perth Modern School
Hannah Waldron Chinese Yr 7-8 Perth Modern School
Livya Siford Chinese Yr 5-6 Presbyterian Ladies’ College
Emma Ryan Chinese Yr 5-6 Presbyterian Ladies’ College
Kurtis Brown Italian Yr 11-12 Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School
Connor Davidson Italian Yr 11-12 Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School
Jake Sharne Italian Yr 5-6 St Brigid’s Primary School
Nicholas Lupica Italian Yr 5-6 St Brigid’s Primary School
Erin Bullivant Indonesian Yr 7-8 Tranby College
Zoe Shackles Indonesian Yr 7-8 Tranby College
Jonathan Parker French Yr 9-10 Wesley College
Temiloluwa Obadua French Yr 9-10 Wesley College
Isha Naga French Yr 11-12 Willetton Senior High School
Sonali Grover French Yr 11-12 Willetton Senior High School
Jordan Hoffmann Japanese Yr 11-12 Willetton Senior High School
Claudia Goh Japanese Yr 11-12 Willetton Senior High School

The Competition
Two students of a similar age/year level sit/stand side by side and hold a conversation by asking and answering questions about any topic using familiar language that has recently been explored in class. The conversation must be filmed, which can be done using a device such as an iPad/iPhone and the assistance of a tripod or a third person filming. Here are some examples from last year:

The conversation needs to be spontaneous and should sound as natural as possible. This is an opportunity for students to apply the language structures that have been practiced previously, but in a slightly different context/with an unfamiliar speaker/unpredictable question order. Language fillers, error correction, survival phrases and repair strategies are allowed and tolerated in order to sustain interaction. Access to written notes and scripted / rote learned dialogues are discouraged. Emphasis should be on meaning making and language fluency, rather than language accuracy. The task should be student led and teachers act only as facilitators by providing the scenario/context that is familiar to what has been learned in class and by pairing like-leveled students to do the task. The Side by Side conversation can be implemented during class time or as a homework task. Suggested scenarios:

  • Two strangers sitting on a park bench, greet each other and exchange personal information such as their name, age, where they come from, family and interests.
  • Two school students are sitting in the playground, eating their lunch.  They exchange information about food and eating eg contents of their lunchbox, likes/dislikes, habits around food, offer to share etc.
  • Two strangers sitting on a bus. One lives locally, the other is a visiting tourist from the target language country. They exchange travel information (where they have come from, where they are going, their travel experience and plans for the next few days.
  • A journalist interviewing a famous celebrity from the target language country. The celebrity is asked about their childhood, likes/dislikes, influences, fan-base, experiences and aspirations.
  • At a doctors surgery, a conversation between doctor and patient. The doctor asks the patient about their well-being, eating and fitness habits and provides health advice to the patient.

Time limits include:
PP – Year 2:              30 seconds
Years 3-4:                  40 seconds
Years 5-6:                  60 seconds
Years 7-8:                  90 seconds
Years 9-10:                2 mins
Years 11-12:               3 mins

Before entering the competition, students should read the Code of Conduct advice.

Eligibility

Second language learners. Students must be attending a Western Australian school.Please note: Background and first language learners are encouraged to participate in the Let Me Tell You a Story, Let Me Tell You in My Language competition.

Categories / Languages

Age categories: PP-Yr2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10, Years 11-12

Language categories: Arabic, Auslan, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Noongar, and Spanish.

Teachers/schools can only submit one entry for each language and year category. For example, if a primary school offers French, they can only submit 3 entries: French PP-2, French 3-4 and French 5-6. If a secondary school offers Indonesian and Italian from 7-12, they could submit up to six entries: Indonesian 7-8, Indonesian 9-10, Indonesian 11-12, Italian 7-8. Italian 9-10, Italian 11-12.

Prizes

The winners of each age and language category will receive a Winner’s Certificate, a $10 iTunes voucher and trophy for their school.

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 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 submission (ie. the conversation between the two students) will be judged on:

  • Language deployment ie spoken spontaneously and naturally
  • Sustained interaction in the target language
  • Fluency ie. the ability to maintain a flow, even if it requires use of repair strategies (eg “what I meant was”), survival phrases (eg “sorry could you repeat that”) and fillers (eg “um”)
  • Pronunciation and intonation

Each submission is judged on the language skills of both students and therefore should involve two students of a similar ability.

Submission process

Teachers/schools make the submissions. Submissions must be in a .M4V, .MP4, .mov or .avi format and uploaded to the Submission Page. The submission page is password protected. If you have not received the password, please email [email protected] to request it.

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                    Side by Side Competition launched.

11 April 2018                      Teachers’ Workshop “Getting students to speak in the target language”, 4-6pm Willetton SHS.

18 April 2018                     Teachers’ Workshop “Getting students to speak in the target language”, 1-3pm Association of Independent Schools WA.

26 April 2018                     Teachers’ Workshop “Getting students to speak in the target language”, 10am-12pm Association of Independent Schools WA.

21 September 2018           Side by Side competition submissions due.

10 October 2018                Winners and their schools (teachers/principals) notified and invited to attend a prize giving event in Term 4.

24 October 2018                Winners collect their certificates and school trophy at an Awards Event.

Related documents and resources

Side by Side Competition Poster Print out and display at your school.

Declaration Form

Code of Conduct

Terms and Conditions

Enquiries: [email protected]

Quick link to the other 2018 LitM Competition Let Me Tell You a Story