Hold an award ceremony

Posted by Megan Smith on May 23, 2015 in Last Days

Published on May 16, 2015

Grammys! Emmys! Golden Globes! Nobel Prize! ESPYs! Every year we celebrate all kinds of accomplishments. Those nominated for the different awards are simply being honored for their hard work and success achieved! Our students also work hard and have been successful… Why not hold an award ceremony for them in the WL class?

I will be MC-ing my fourth ceremony on the last day of school in each class. I am going to lay down the red carpet (butcher paper) and get the trophies (paper certificates) ready! Here’s an example of the award certificate I made. I don’t claim to be a expert at writing these – if I worded something weird – let me know a better way! No one has ever proof read these for me!

I like to celebrate a variety of achievements in each class. Some of the awards I give are…

  • MVP – Most Valuable Presenter
  • Most likely to marry a Hispanic
  • Most likely to get lost in a Spanish speaking country
  • Most likely to be seen one day in a MTV3  music video
  • Most likely to take over my job when I officially lose my mind
  • Most likely to work at Taco Bell one day (I make sure to choose someone I know will have fun with this one!)
  • Most likely to sleep through a natural disaster
  • Most Improved
  • Best attitude

   I try to make this like the awards shows – with a big welcome. We watch some movie clips and pics that I throw together on iMovie with some songs they have liked from class. I announce each and every award with a big, overdone intro in TL using as many cognates as possible.  I ask the class for an applause after I announce each winner. I make them walk the red carpet up to the front where I shake their hand and ask if they want to say anything to the class. I have an microphone app on my iPad that I use if they are willing to give a little speech. It’s pretty funny! “Gracias clase. Es muy especial. Gracias otra vez.”

 Truly, students learn so much in a whole year of a language class. An awards ceremony celebrates what they’ve done and gives them a fun memory of your class. It only takes a few minutes to do, but ends the year on a high note that the students will remember!

I welcome your ideas! How can I make this better? Have any ideas for a good award? Should I wear an old prom dress to set the stage for the ceremony? 🙂

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 Original Post Published: May 16, 2012

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19 comments for “Hold an award ceremony”

  1. Gigi E says:

    Fun! I hold an awards ceremony tied to their final project in my level 2 class. Students must write a short story in the past tense, complete with illustrations. Students vote on their favorite “books”: best overall, best illustrations, best story, best ending, best language. Prizes are awarded the following day. I might use your idea to add in student accomplishments so that everyone gets an award. Thank you!

    1. missivonne says:

      How long is the short story? How many illustrations?

      1. Gigi E says:

        It has to be 10 pages, plus title page and an author page. 10 required verbs — 6 must be reflexive. Only five new vocabulary words which they must be define. They have to write what they know. They also need to reflect on the year and see what vocabulary they can pull in to “show off” what they know.

        At first they groan, but then realize it isn’t that bad. All drafts are done WITHOUT computer access. Once a draft is written, they then can add the design. With these simple guidelines it is AMAZING what they come up with! Oh and the illustrations usually turn out to be 1 / page. They may be computer generated, hand drawn, personal photographs. You name it.

    2. Megan says:

      I can see “most unpredictable ending” being a funny award! 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    Hola! Quién escoge los ganadores? Tú o los estudiantes?? Cada estudiante recibe algo?

    1. Megan says:

      Para el fin del ano, yo escogo quien gana cada premio. Una vez, la clase decidio los ganadores y cada estudiente voto para su amigo sin pensar quien lo merece. No doy premios a cada estudiante. Normalmente doy 10-13 premios entre mis 31 estudiantes. De vez en cuando dare 2 personas el mismo premio.No es un evento muy serio, celebramos el exito de la clase y nos divertimos con los premios. 🙂 De hecho, el premio “most likely to work at Taco Bell” es mas popular que “MVP” 🙂

      1. Antonio Segura (Spanish teacher) says:

        se dice: votó por su amigo (nunca votar para)
        cada estudiante votó por su amigo sin pensar en quién lo MERECÍA.

        de vez en cuando daré A dos personas el mismo premio.

        Espero que no te importe que te corrija.

        1. Megan says:

          Thanks! It’s nice to have feedback! I’m still “mejorando” my Spanish every day!

  3. missivonne says:

    OMG! You can still fit into your prom gown! I am SO jealous.

    1. Megan says:

      Haha! 🙂 I love you, Ivonne!

      1. Anonymous says:

        This is a SUPER IDEA! I really like this….I don’t see how you can modify it for improvement! My only question–do you give “multiple” “Most likely…” awards due to the fact that there are 30 kids in a given classroom? How does that affect the distribution of types of awarss?

        1. Megan says:

          I don’t give an award to every student. Mine are high schoolers and I honestly don’t want to have to reward a kid with a rotten attitude! I do try to make it fun and give credit where credit is due. I throw in some funny ones so it’s not all about grades/performance. All my decisions are based on stand out moments in class and usually when I give the award title, most students already know who it’s going to be. I probably make 10-12 awards per class and give some different ones for each class so there are some surprises throughout the day.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea, gracias por compartir!

    1. Nadine "La Maestra" Jacobsen says:

      So doing this since I am moving and would love the opportunity to tell them how amazing they are!

  5. Tracy says:

    Any chance you have template of awards?

  6. Kara Parker says:

    Hey Tracy! They are in our Mercado: http://www.creativelanguageclass.com/product/premios/

  7. Love this!! Definitely going to try to do this next year – on a novice level since I teach 8th-grade Exploratory Spanish. Thanks so much for sharing this and all of your other awesome ideas. I am having a great time working my way through your posts tonight. It has been a while since I was last on here. —- Amy @ http://www.thegiftedgabber.com

  8. Ana says:

    Hi, Sounds like a great idea. May I ask which microphone app you use?

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