Diorama/Model Presentations

Competitive Event


  • Team of students (maximum of three) record a video of themselves presenting their created model or diorama of a chosen monument/place that is significant to their target language and culture.
  • Entries must fall into one of the following categories: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, or South America, and should reflect the theme of the year "Connecting the World with Languages."

Number of entries

Maximum of two entries per language, per school (all levels included). If a school offers two or three languages, four or six entries are allowed. Submissions for less-known regions are encouraged.


To be accepted into this entry, students:

  • Must be non-native speakers of their target language
    • Good judgment should be used to determine if a student is a native speaker or not. Any identified native-speaking participant will be disqualified in addition to his/her group.


  • Each diorama/model will be played and judged by at least four different judges.
  • Judging will be based on originality, creativity, clear depiction of target culture, visual appearance, and application of the year's theme "Connecting the World with Languages."
     Review judging criteria.
  • The diorama/model that receives the most points wins.

Additional details

  • Dioramas/models must use a standard tri-fold board with 36" x 48" dimensions.
  • Material suggestions include cardboard, plastic, popsicle sticks, Q-tips, wood, etc.
  • Each diorama/model must include full name (names of all team members), school name, and the title conspicuously placed.
  • Include the following information on diorama/model:
    • Name of monument/place
    • Who built it?
    • When?
    • Why? (What does it commemorate, for example, or what was its purpose originally?)
    • Which country, region, and city is it located?
    • What do you like most about it?
    • What is most significant about it now?
  • Dioramas may be in the target language.
  • Only the best two dioramas/models for each category will be selected for an award regardless of the target language.

Video recording procedure

  • Video should be recorded in one of the following formats: mp4 (MPEG-4), .mov (Apple Quick Time movie), or .3gp (3GPP).
  • Students must make sure that the audio is audible, the video is visible, and the image is in good quality prior to submission.
  • Students must test video to ensure that both the audio and video work perfectly prior to submission.
  • The video should be saved with the diorama’s title, student or group and school’s names.
  • After registration, each school representative will be provided a link and instructions for submitting the video file(s).