2019 Final Round Guidelines

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

Finalists must prepare a Power Point presentation to accompany their talks and submit it along with a short abstract in English (150 words) to [email protected] by November 6, 2019.

The PowerPoint dimension should be 13.33 inches x 7.5 inches. It should not exceed 25MB. If you embed video clips, you must also send them separately to [email protected]. Please make sure that the size of each video is smaller than 50MB and it is formatted as a wmv file.

The Power Point visuals are meant to enhance your talk; do not read from your slides or rely too heavily on your images in your presentation.

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: 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 or perspectives, and convey a clear message.

You may also use primary sources—such as images of artworks, clips of films, data sets, etc.—to discuss in your talk, and refer to secondary sources—such as articles or books that analyze and interpret a given topic—to support your own ideas. If you use such sources, you must cite the sources in English in MLA or APA style on the Power Point slides that accompany your talk.

Up to 6 mins

15 points

Category 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 or perspectives, and convey a clear message.

You must also use primary sources—such as images of artworks, clips of films, data sets, etc.—to discuss in your talk. You may also refer to secondary sources—such as articles or books that analyze and interpret a given topic—to support your own ideas. You must use a minimum of 3 such sources (primary or secondary) in your presentation, and cite the sources in English in MLA or APA style on the Power Point slides that accompany 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.