2017 Final Round Guidelines

Travel subsidies up to $500 are provided to the finalists depending on the location of their home institution.

Finalists must submit his/her presentation PowerPoint and a short abstract in English (150 words) to info@jlivetalk.com by November 1st, 2017.

The PowerPoint dimension should be 13.33 inches x 7.5 inches. It should not exceed 25MB. If you embed a video clip, you must also send it to info@jlivetalk.com. Please make sure that the video size is smaller than 50MB and it is formatted as a wmv file.

COMPONENT

DURATION

SCORING

Part I - Prepared Talk                                     

Category I: Give a prepared talk in Japanese on any topic of your choice. (It does not necessarily have to be about Japan, or learning Japanese.) Your talk should be based on your personal experiences, and convey a clear message. Please make your presentation engaging and entertaining --- you may use audio-visual aids, audience-interaction, or anything else that will enhance your talk.

Up to 4 mins

15 points

Category II & III: Give a prepared talk in Japanese on any topic of your choice. (It does not necessarily have to be about Japan, or learning Japanese.) Your talk should be based on your personal experiences, and convey a clear message. You may also include supporting information or data from other sources – such as statistical data, survey results, historical information, or other people’s opinions – but you must cite such sources in your talk. Please make your presentation engaging and entertaining – you may use audio-visual aids, audience-interaction, or anything else that will enhance your talk.

Up to 6 mins

15 points

Part II – Questions from the Judges

Category I, II & IIIThe judges will ask questions related to the talk.

Up to 4 minutes

5 points

Judging Criteria
The following four categories (Vision, Engagement, Language, and Communication) carry equal weight.
PRESENTATION     Q&A
Vision Engagement Language Communication
Innovative, original, and of current relevance Effective connections with the audience Control; variety of vocabulary and expressions for the level Focus and clarity 
 

final round

Engage. Inspire. Connect.