Congratulations to our Arabic Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Jamie Clegg and Rachel Lott on winning the Many Languages, One World contest hosted by ELS Educational Services! They have the opportunity of an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations this coming July.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 8.14.15 AM“I was excited to learn of my selection to represent the Arabic language at the Many Languages, One World program this summer at the United Nations. I especially enjoyed my conversation with my Palestinian interviewer as we discussed Palestinian literature, poetry, history. I hope this fellowship will provide great experience and foresight as I continue with my Poli Sci classes here at BYU.”

–Rachel Lott, Brigham Young University

Clegg, Jamie“I imagine I won’t fully appreciate this opportunity until it’s over, and I’ve met extraordinary people, been introduced to unfamiliar ideas. I think the conference in New York will be a good opportunity to network with other students who are equally interested in language learning, especially its role in improving our sense of global unity.”

— Jamie Clegg, Brigham Young University


From a pool of over 3,600 entrants, ELS Educational Services, Inc., has selected 60 students from 36 countries and 54 universities as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. The winners have been invited to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Students will be provided with an all-expense paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Winners will present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Many Languages, One World contest challenged students around the globe to write an essay examining global citizenship, cultural understanding, and the role that the multilingual ability can have in fostering both. Entrants submitted essays in one of the six official United Nations languages, which could be neither the student’s first language nor his/her primary language of instruction.

Jamie Clegg said this about her application experience. “Rachel and I submitted essays, written in Arabic and without any help or correction to our work. Once we submitted our essays, then we had to go through a screening process—grades, a letter of recommendation from a professor, etc., and then we did an interview via Skype to assess our speaking abilities.”

Both students are looking forward to this opportunity and we are so proud of their continued study and application of Arabic. Way to go!

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