The 21st Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest

March 2010

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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 21st 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.

Sponsors:
(主催)

Consulate-General of Japan at Houston


 

The Japan-America Society of Houston


 

Japanese Association of Greater Houston



Japanese Teachers Association of Texas

Supporters:
(協賛)


The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, The Japan-America Society of San Antonio, The Japan Foundation, The Japan Business Association of Houston, Japanese Association of Dallas
Kaminari Taiko of Houston, Kinokuniya Bookstore of San Francisco, JTB, Continental Airlines, Rice University, St. Thomas University


Date & Time
Saturday. March 6, 2010
11:00 AM - Registration
12:00 ~ 5:00 PM - Competition

6:00 ~ 8:00 PM - A reception will be held at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan at Houston immediately following the contest.

Location

Herring Hall Auditorium (HE100)
Rice University
Houston, Texas


 


Entry
Categories:

Division I

Poetry Recitation
Beginners level

課題詩 「ありがとう
谷口俊太郎作

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

課題詩 「誠実について
たかき
高木いさお作

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
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、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
2/20/2010



Entry Form



Contact




Qualifications:

 

 

 

Entry form is required for the 1st and 2nd place winners of Divisions I,II,IV,& V and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of Division III of the Regional Contest to participate the Texas State Contest. Contact Japan-America Society of Houston for information.

On-line Entry Form is available at Japan-America Society of Houston's website at http://www.jashouston.org

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) Be one of the top two winners(DIV.I, II,IV,& V) or the top three (DIV III) of the regional Japanese language speech contest held in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio between February 1, 2010 and February 28, 2010
2) Be a resident in Texas or
3) currently enrolled in a Japanese program in Texas
4) Not be a native speaker of Japanese
5) Not have a Japanese parent(Division IV )
6) Not have had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six.


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 the author of the poem, then recite the poem for memory. The use of notes is not allowed.

Time Limit :
The time limit for Divisions I and II is three minutes. Points will be deducted for speeches which are over the time limit.

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

Division III : Speech with text

Content :
The Speech must be original, written by the contestant and not previously recited elsewhere. The theme must be chosen by the contestant.

Time Limit :
The time limit is three minutes, and the contestant must speak for at least two minutes.

Notes:
Contestants may use written materials or notes.

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

Divisions IV & V : Free Speech

Content :
The Speech must be original, written by the contestant and not previously recited elsewhere. The theme must be chosen 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 deducted 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

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners of each division.

-New in 2010 !
1)Japanese Association of Greater Houston has generously donated a scholarship of $1,000 for the winner. More details will be available at the time of contest.

2) Japan-America Society of Houston has generously donated a prepaid round-trip plane ticket to Japan.
More details will be available at the time of contest.



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 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Speech Contest
in the past

 

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Regional Contest:

Contact Entry Due

Austin Regional
Date:, Saturday, February 13, 2010

Time: 1:00-4:30 PM
Place: O. Henry Middle School
         2610 W10th St., Austin,
         TX 78703


Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
PO Box 9276 Austin TX 78766
TeL: 512-947-8885, 512-739-2613
Lorin Park :jasga-education@jasga.org


January 30, 2010

Dallas Regional
Date: February 13, 2010
Place: Ted Polk Middle School     
         2001 KELLY BLVD.
         Carrollton,Texas 75006

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


January 29,2010

San Antonio Regional
Date: February 13, 2010
Place: San Antonio College                (Academic Instruction Center)

Yuko Kawabe
Foreign language
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio,TX 78212
yukoboshi@aol.com,or ykawabe@mail.accd.edu


January 29, 2010
Houston Regional
Date:February 6, 2010
Place :Univ. of St.Thomas

Japan-American Society of Houston
4801 Woodway, Suite 140E, Houston, Tx 77056
(713)963-0121, (713)963-8270(fax)
yoko@jashouston.org
On-line Entry Form is available at JASH website.

January 20, 2010

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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Regional Contest ( Houston )

Date

Saturday, February 6, 2010
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 2/11/10