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As Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) invites you to share your thoughts and experiences on how Canada’s official languages can enrich, empower and enable all Canadians. CASLT-supported research shows that languages shape people, societies and cultures in extremely profound ways. Languages Build is an exciting contest that provides Canadians of all ages with an opportunity to share their stories of how learning one or both of our official languages* has impacted or changed their lives.

(*Refers to learning French or English as a second/additional language.)

Classroom Toolkit

Are you a classroom teacher interested in making a Languages Build video with your students?
Refer to the Languages Build Video Contest — Classroom Toolkit for helpful information to guide you along the way.

Contest Details

What does “Languages Build…” mean to you?

  • Create a video (maximum 3 minutes) to tell your story.
  • Share your personal thoughts and experiences on how learning one of Canada’s official languages has changed your life.
  • Videos must be recorded in a second/additional language, or as a bilingual presentation.
  • Your video must clearly reflect what the expression “Languages Build…” means to you.
    For me/For us, the expression “Languages Build…” means…
  • All participants must complete the “Languages Build…" Video Contest Consent Form.

Here are some springboard ideas you may like to consider:

  • It is fun using French/English when...
  • I get to use French/English when...
  • Learning French/English is important because...
  • I think my family/friends should also learn French/English because...
  • Why is communicating in another language important to you?
  • Talk about an “aha moment” you experienced when using your second/additional language.
  • How have two official languages helped to shape Canada?
  • What are you “building” with your second language skills?


Feel free to use other creative ideas that you may have.

Still looking for inspiration? Why not check out the latest research to see how language learning helps you build.


Individual and/or group submissions (2 or more participants) will be accepted. Entries must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Primary/Elementary (Grades K-6)
  • Intermediate/Secondary (Grades 7-12) (Secondary 1-5)
  • General Public


This contest is open to all Canadian residents and citizens.


official languages act coinThere will be ONE grand prize winner and TWO runner-up winners for each category. Videos will be adjudicated by a national panel of judges chosen by CASLT.

  • Grand prizes: $400 plus a commemorative pure silver coin – Celebrate Canadian Diversity 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act (1 per winning submission)
  • Runner-up prizes: $100 plus a commemorative pure silver coin – Celebrate Canadian Diversity 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act (1 per winning submission)
  • Any teacher (K-12, Secondary 1-5) who submits a class entry will have his/her name entered in a draw to win a one-year CASLT membership ($45 value) and a CASLT teacher resource package valued at $200.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and when applicable, cannot be redeemed for cash.

Copyright and Permissions

All video entries shall become the property of CASLT and will not be returned nor copy provided to the contestant. By agreeing to submit a video entry, the entrant grants to CASLT the right to use the video entry including an entrant’s name, image, likeness or voice or any part thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, whether for internal or external communications in any marketing material whether in print, radio, television, interactive media, or any other media throughout the world in all languages, in perpetuity in connection with this contest.

Teachers who submit a class video must be aware that all submissions may/will be used in the public domain. It is, therefore, the responsibility of teachers to obtain consent from parents whose children appear in their video.

Video Submissions

All entries must be submitted through the official online submission form. All entrants including those submitting their videos by mail are required to complete the online form.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for accepting submission is March 31, 2020. Participants who send their videos by mail must consider delivery time to ensure CASLT receives their videos before the deadline.

Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Evaluation Rubric

Each submission will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:


Points 1-4

Points 5-7

Points 8-10

Quality of Message/ Content

Positive impact of language learning is stated but does not necessarily reflect what Languages Build means to the participant(s).

Positive impact of language learning is clearly stated and well supported. Evidence of what Languages Build means to the participant(s) is present.

Positive impact of language learning is clearly stated, relevant and inspiring, Evidence of what Languages Build means to the participant(s) is well represented and clearly defined.

Creativity of Presentation

Presentation demonstrates limited creativity.

Presentation contains creative and original aspects that show a meaningful reflection of topic.

Presentation contains creative and original aspects that show meaningful reflection, engage the viewer and enhance the expression of ideas.

Overall Quality of Video

Video lacks clarity and/or is not of good quality.

Video is clear, audible and has interesting elements. Overall quality is good.

Video is of high quality and reflects an outstanding effort in production.


Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the “Languages Build…” video contest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-877-727-0994 ext. 201


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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada 

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