2021 Why Learn Languages Competition


"Why Learn Languages" competition is an online submission-based competition.


Middle school and high school students who reside in Washington state.


An essay of 400-800 words or a poster regarding this prompt:

"How can learning a world language help in a very challenging time?"

-The written entry must be original, in English or target language.

-The poster must be original as well,

  either hand-drawn or computer-generated.

  Posters should be graphically attractive and use dynamic messaging. 

-Limit only one entry per contestant.


Submissions are accepted until April 16th, 2021. The date and location of the award are to be determined.


Upload entries directly onto our website.


Please choose one of the following ways to submit your essay/poster. 
1) Enter a SHAREABLE URL link in the form that does NOT require judges to sign in. Your essay/poster should be automatically accessed by the judges.

Submission Link 1: http://bit.ly/WLL2021shareablelink

2) Upload a file in the form. All uploaders need to be logged in with Google accounts.

Submission Link 2: http://bit.ly/WLL2021fileupload



This competition is to share any ideas on the importance of learning a language.

Rewards and Prizes (Separate prizes for both categories):

1st place: $100 (1 winner)

2nd place: $80 (3 winners)

3rd place: $50 (5 winners)

Finalists (Top 10%): Certificate of Excellence

-All entries will be reviewed by a judging panel composed of certified teachers and professionals with target language experience. They will be looking for superior ideas, messages, and content rather than writing/drawing skills.

Outstanding Contributor Award: $100 (1 winner)

-The Outstanding Contributor Award recognizes a teacher or an organization who has demonstrated dedication and support to the "Why Learn Languages" competition by encouraging the MOST participants to join the competition.

                                                                      Good luck!

Meet Our Chief Judge

Chief Judge

Donna Lansberry

Donna Lansberry is the President of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT). WAFLT provides professional development to Language Teachers across WA. She also serves on the WAFLT Testing Team supporting Language Competency Testing and Seals of Biliteracy. She is a retired French and Spanish teacher, an Air Force Veteran, and former teacher for DODEA in Korea. Currently, she is also working for Western Washington University Supervising Student Teachers. When she can’t travel, she loves grandma time and gardening!