The 20th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest

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The Annual Texas Japanese Speech Contest is the statewide competition for students at all levels in Japanese language and Culture and its 20th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest will be held as described below. It is sponsored by The Japan-America Societies of Texas, Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, Japanese Association of Greater Houston, and Japanese Teachers Association of Texas. The contest will offer participants an opportunity to demonstrate their oral communication skills in Japanese while competing in a statewide competition and the winners of level IV (First and Second place)will compete at the National Japanese Speech Contest in Los Angeles. The contest will also promote student's awareness and understanding in culture, language and people of Japan.
The Entry Form to each Regional contest is also provided below. Please complete the form and submit to each regional representative.

 

Sponsors:
主催)

The Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH)


 

Consulate-General of Japan at Houston (CGJH)


  Japanese Association of Greater Houston (JAGH)



Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT)


Supporters:
(協賛)

Sun & Star of Dallas, The Japan Foundation, The Japan Business Association of Houston,
Ishikawa Award, Kaminari Taiko of Houston, JTB, Rice University, St. Thomas University

Date & Time

Saturday. March 7, 2009
Registration : 12:30 PM
Contest : 1:00 - 5:00 PM

**Reception Time: 6 - 8PM





** A Reception will be followed by the Speech Contest at the residence of Consulate-General of Japan at Houston. RSVP requested at registration by JASH on-line.


Location



Entry
Categories:


Herring Hall Auditorium
Rice University
Houston, Texas




Division I














Poetry Recitation- Beginners
level

夢見たものは立原道造

1) All Middle School students are allowed to enter two times (maximum).

2) High School students at novice level or those with less than two years of Japanese studies in school who did not previously participate in the poem category.

1) 中学生は学年にかかわらず第1部門に2回まで出場できるが高校入学時は初級と見なす。

2) 初級 レベルの高校生、または、高校での日本語学習が2年以下かつ詩の暗誦部門の未経験者の高校生。

Division II















Poetry Recitation - Intermediate level

ゆずり葉〜河井酔茗








1) High School students at intermediate level or

2) High School students with minimum 2 years but less than 3 years of Japanese studies in school, who have previously participated once before in the poem category.

中級 レベル
の高校生 または 高校での日本語学習が2年以上3年未満の高校生で詩の暗誦部門で過去に一度、出場経験のある生徒

Division III



















Free Speech with text - Beginner’s level















1) Middle School students at the higher proficiency level with teacher’s recommendation.

2) High School students at intermediate level or High School students with minimum 2 years but less than 3 years of Japanese studies in school who already participated Div I & II or equivalent.

1) 中学生で上達度が高いと思われる学習者は教師の推薦により、出場できる。具体的なレベル は下記中級レベルに近いレベルとし、以下参照とする。

2) 中級 レベルの高校生または高校での日本語学習が2年以上3年未満の高校生で 詩の暗誦部門で過去に二度の出場経験のある高校生。

Division IV

Free Speech - Intermediate
level

1) High School students at intermediate level and/or above, or High School students with minimum 3 years but less than 4 years of Japanese studies in school.

2) High School students who have previously participated DIV III before.

1) 中級レベルまたはそれ以上 の高校生、または高校での日本語学習が3年以上4年未満の高校生、または DIV.III に既に出場経験のある高校生 。



Division V

Free Speech - Advanced
level

College students and Adults
大学生及び社会人


Entry Due on:





On-line registra-
tion form available at :







Qualifications
:

 

 

 

 

2/20/09

Entry form is required for 1st and 2nd place winners from each division at Regional Contest to participate Texas State Contest. For Division III only, 3rd place winners at Regional Contest may enter Texas State Contest.

http://www.jashouston.org/speechcontestpage.htm
Japan-American Society of Houston
4801 Woodway, Suite 140E, Houston, Tx 77056
(713)963-0121, (713)963-8270(fax)
yoko@jashouston.org


Contestants must :
1) Reside in Texas ( Division V ) or
2) Be currently enrolled in a Japanese class at a school in Texas (Division I - IV)
3) Not to be a native speaker of Japanese
4) Not have a Japanese parent
5) Not have visited Japan for more than three months since 2001
6) Not have received any schooling in Japan after age six.
7) Not speak Japanese at home.

 

Entry
Divisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divisions I and II : Poetry Recitation

Content :
Contestants must memorize the poem specified for his/her division. Each contestant should say the title and author of the poem, then recite the poem from memory. The use of notes is not allowed.

Time Limit :
The time limit for Division I is 2 ~ 3 minutes. Points will be subtracted for recitation which is over the time limit.
The time limit for Division II is 3 ~ 4 minutes.
Points will be subtracted for recitation which is over the time limit.

Evaluation Criteria:
Poetry recitation will be judged on pronunciation, flow and expression, accuracy of memorization, and delivery.

Division III : Free Speech with text

Content :
Free Speech must be original, written by the contestant and not previously recited elsewhere. The theme is open and to be selected by the contestant.

Time Limit :
The time limit is 2 ~ 3 minutes.

Notes:
Contestants may use written materials or notes.

Evaluation Criteria:
Free Speech at this level will be judged on overall ability and enthusiasm.

Divisions IV & V : Free Speech

Content :
Free Speech must be original, written by the contestant and not previously recited elsewhere. The theme is open and to be selected by the contestant. Personal experience and anecdote are welcomed and encouraged.

Time Limit :
The time limit is three minutes, and the contestant must speak for at least two minutes. Points will be sub tracked for speeches which are over or under the time limit.

Notes:
Contestants may use written materials or notes, but those who deliver their speeches without them will be scored higher than those who rely on notes.

Evaluation Criteria:
Free Speeches will be judged on pronunciation, grammatical ability, overall ability, content, delivery, creativity, enthusiasm, and understanding.


Prizes


JAGH Scholarship




Prizes including trophy and cash will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each division. Special prizes will be presented by sponsors for students with special talent in speech.

New for the 20th Anniversary Speech Contest : JAGH Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a student of most excellence in free-speech Divisions in addition to winning prizes. Thanks to JAGH, this Scholarship will be available and presented to a student of most excellence in Japanese Speech for next five years at Texas State Japanese Speech Contest to commemorate its 20th year anniversary.

 

The winner of 1st and 2nd place from Div. IV will participate in Aurora Speech Contest or
The Sixth Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest
held on May 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.


The 19th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest

The Results of the 19th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest




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Regional Contest :




Contact



Entry Due


Dallas

February 14, 2009




Yukiko Willoughby
Dallas Japanese Association
(972)458-0478, djayuai@godja.org
Entry Form to Dallas Regional Contest


The Results of Dallas Regional 2009


1/30/09

San Antonio

January 31, 2009

Japan-America Society of San Antonio,
P.O.Box 460444, San Antonio, TX 78246-0444
Tel: (210)696-1613, (210)414-1357
Yuko Kawabe
yukoboshi@aol.com,or ykawabe@mail.accd.edu
Hiroko Fay
Entry Form to San Antonio Regional Contest

The Results of San Antonio Regional 2009

1/24/09
Houston

February 7, 2009

Japan-American Society of Houston
4801 Woodway, Suite 140E, Houston, Tx 77056
(713)963-0121, (713)963-8270(fax)
yoko@jashouston.org
Entry Form to Houston Regional Contest


The Results of Houston Regional

1/26/09


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Regional Contest ( Houston )

Date & Time

Saturday, February 7, 2009
9:00 AM : Registration
10:00 AM : Contest


 
Location
Cullen Hall
University of St. Thomas
Houston, Texas

 
     
Entry Categories    
Division I Poetry Recitation - Beginners level

Same as the State Contest.
Division II Poetry Recitation - Intermediate level


Same as the State Contest.


Division III

Free Speech with text - Beginner’s level


Same as the State Contest.
Division IV Free Speech - Intermediate level


Same as the State Contest.
Division V Free Speech - Advanced level

Same as the State Contest.

Number of
Participants



There will be a limit of 40 participants per division and 8 applicants from each school. Applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Once the 40 applicant limit for each division has been reached no more applications will be accepted for that division. Therefore, it is important to send applications as soon as possible.


1st and 2nd place winners from Division I, II, IV & V will participate Texas State Contest.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from Division III will participate Texas State Contest.


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For information, please contact:
Japan-America Society of Houston
4801 Woodway, Suite 140E
Houston, Texas 77056
(713)963-0121
jash@jashouston.org

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Last updated on 2/26/09