The 46th Japanese Speech Contest For Elementary School Students

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the Japanese American Association of Northern California (Hokka Nichibei Kai), and the Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association, will hold the 46th Japanese Speech Contest for elementary school students.

DATE & TIME

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 (1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

LOCATION

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

ELIGIBILITY

An eligible contest participant must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Is currently attending a local elementary school
  2. Has not lived in Japan for more than three consecutive months since the age of three
  3. Is studying Japanese as a foreign language at school but not in excess of 8 hours a week.
       (Students who are studying Japanese as a foreign language at home are also eligible to apply.)
  4. Has not previously won first prize in his/her current grade group

 

CONTEST GROUPS & CATEGORIES

Contestants will be divided into the following four categories:

Group A: 1st ~ 3rd Grade

Category 1: Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is not spoken (i.e., No member of the contestant’s household understands or speaks Japanese).

Category 2: Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is spoken (i.e., One or more members of the contestant’s household who understand or speak Japanese). This point applies to both native and non-native speakers of Japanese.

Group B: 4th Grade and above

Category 3: Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is not spoken (i.e., No member of the contestant’s household understands or speaks Japanese).

Category 4: Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is spoken (i.e., One or more members of the contestant’s household who understand or speak Japanese). This point applies to both native and non-native speakers of Japanese.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Each school may submit one (1) candidate and two (2) alternate candidates to each category of the speech contest. Applications should be submitted by Japanese language instructors or school teachers on behalf of their students. (Please contact us directly if an interested contestant is in a specific circumstance such as homeschooling.)
  • Please clearly specify the student category and whether that student is a primary candidate, a 1st alternate, or a 2nd alternate.
  • Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, February 9th, 2018
 

APPLICATION FORMS

Please download the required documents for application below and submit by e-mail to: mariko.takei@sr.mofa.go.jp
* If instructors do not receive an email confirming that their forms have been received within one (1) business day, call 415-780-6091.

Required documents:


SELECTION OF CONTESTANTS

The Speech Contest Committee will select a maximum of 40 contestants. The committee will accept one (1) student from each school on a first-come, first-served basis until 10 contestants have been selected in each category. Each school may also submit two (2) alternates per category for the waiting list. If there are fewer than 10 contestants in each category, the committee will fill the remaining vacancies with alternates from the waiting list based upon the total number of Japanese language students at each school. (i.e., the first alternate promoted will be from the school with the largest number of Japanese language students.) Alternates will be selected from amongst all first alternate applicants until there are none remaining, and then from amongst all second alternates. In the event that there are fewer than 10 primary and alternate candidates in one or more categories, other categories may accept more than 10 contestants for a total maximum of 40 contestants.

The committee will contact Japanese instructors or school teachers regarding which students have been chosen to participate in the contest via e-mail.

Note: We appreciate the teachers and contestants for their daily efforts in improving students’ Japanese language abilities. We are truly impressed by the high caliber performances we have seen at our speech contests over the years. However, we are concerned that in recent years, contestants may have applied to incorrect categories. In order to ensure fairness for all contestants, we sincerely request that teachers carefully review their contestant's background to confirm whether they come from a home where Japanese is spoken or not spoken. We may suspend acceptance or revoke awards if the Speech Contest Committee assesses that a contestant makes a false statement in their application regarding their eligibility and category.

JUDGMENT CRITERIA AND REGULATIONS

  • Contestants will be judged on speech content, pronunciation, and presentation.
  • Contestants are free to choose the title and subject of their speeches.
  • Speeches should be no longer than 2 minutes in length. This includes any time required to prepare/takedown any props. Points will be deducted during final evaluation by judges if speech exceeds 2 minutes.
  • Contestants may use props (items or images) related to their speech topics. Use of electronic devices is not permitted. Props that hinder the flow of the contest are not allowed (e.g., props that require excessive setup/clean-up before and after the speech). Although contestants may use multiple props, please be aware that extraneous time devoted to preparing/showing props will be subject to penalization due to the 2 minute speech limit.
 

AWARDS

All contestants will receive a certificate of participation and prize. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each category will receive a winner’s trophy and certificate of achievement.

FOR FURTHER INQUIRIES

Ms. Mariko Takei
Japan Information Center
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Phone: (415) 780-6091
E-mail: mariko.takei@sr.mofa.go.jp

Past Japanese Speech Contest for Elementary School Students

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