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Learn English free online challenges 
for your chance to win cool prizes


Motivation and practice are essential ingredients for learning a language. You’ve got to use your English regularly to improve it. And by “using” it, I mean producing your own English (by speaking and writing) and not just processing (listening and reading) someone else’s English. 

Unfortunately, many language learners are passive learners because we’re really afraid of making mistakes, being misunderstood or are embarrassed about our accents. To help motivate you to speak and write, I offer a challenge (a contest) several times each year.

Everyone who enters gets a chance to practice and improve their English. But if you’re entry is judged as the best, you will win a fabulous prize (e.g., iPods, online courses, cash).

Learn English free online challenge:
"Looks aren't everything contest"

Winner chooses either prize:

iPod Shuffle 

US$50 Cash

Contest Deadline:

Contest begins at 12:00 A.M. PT, on Sunday, the 17th September 2017.

All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. PT, on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Essay Contest:

How important are looks in your society? Cameron Russell, a successful American fashion model, explains why her looks aren't what you might imagine. She talks about how powerful image can be but also why image isn't everything.

For this contest, watch the video below and write an essay about what this topic means to YOU. Here are some questions to think about:

  • Do you agree that looks are superficial but powerful?
  • Are photos of models in magazines harmful to women and girls?
  • What about men and boys? Do they have similar problems?
  • Models are so beautiful, so why are many so insecure about their looks?
  • Do you benefit from your looks in your own society?
  • Do your looks cause you difficulties?

It may help to watch the video with subtitles and/or read the transcript [click the link to learn how to do so].

Write your essay with paragraphs and proper punctuation (a numbered list of answers will not be accepted). Remember, this is an opportunity to practice your writing! The most important thing is that you write about what this topic means to YOU. Good luck!

How to Make Sure Your Entry is Approved?

  1. Answer at least 2-3 of the questions above.
  2. Write your essay in paragraph format.
  3. Your essay must be 200-500 words in length.
  4. You may submit only one (1) entry.
  5. All entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. PT, on Friday, 17th November 2017

Entries that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. You may enter the contest only one time. Click here for the official contest rules (terms and conditions).

*This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by Apple Inc., TED Talks or Cameron Russell.

2017 "Looks Aren't Everything" Essay Contest

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