The 48th Japanese Speech Contest For Elementary School Students

2019/12/20
The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the Japanese American Association of Northern California (Hokka Nichi Bei Kai), and the Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association, will hold the 47th Japanese Speech Contest for elementary school students.

DATE & TIME

Sunday, March 1st, 2020 (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 an elementary school within the Consulate’s jurisdiction
  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 up to two (2) Primary Candidates and one (1) Alternate Candidate 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 or an Alternate.
  • Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, February 7th, 2020
 

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 accept two (2) Primary Candidates from each school on a first-come, first-served basis until 10 contestants have been selected in each category. Each school may also submit one (1) Alternate 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.) The committee reserves the right to increase the number of contestants in any given category.

Note: We appreciate the teachers and contestants for their daily efforts in improving students’ Japanese language abilities. 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 their eligibility and category. 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

Each 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 & Cultural 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