2020 Eligibility

High School Division

All applicants must satisfy all qualifications. Heritage speakers who satisfy the basic qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

  • A high school student recommended by a teacher who is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese or its affiliate.
  • Possesses speaking proficiency of intermediate-mid and above (based on theACTFL oral proficiency guidelines 2012” )
  • Japanese is not his/her dominant language.*

*The dominant language is the language with which a bilingual or multilingual speaker has greatest proficiency and/or uses more often.

College Division

Based on teacher recommendation (and subject to review by the selection committee1), applicants enter one of the two competition categories: Category I and II2. All applicants must satisfy all basic qualifications, as well as the relevant category-specific qualifications. Heritage speakers who satisfy the basic qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Basic qualifications

  • Will be registered in a Japanese-as-a-foreign-language class at undergraduate or graduate level in a 2-year college or 4-year university as of November 14, 2020 (J.LIVE Talk 2020 final round date)3
  • Has earned a minimum of six college level Japanese-as-a-foreign-language credits4 or more than 84 contact hours of study in college-level courses (as determined by the student’s university and subject to review by the selection committee5) by the time of application
  • Has spent no more than four years at full-time, secondary-level (grades 7-12) Japanese educational institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
  • Has not won a gold award in any category in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions, nor has participated in any summer program with a scholarship offered by J.LIVE Talk.

Category-specific qualifications

The following levels are determined by teacher recommendation based on the “ACTFL oral proficiency guidelines 2012” -- not the level of the course in which the student enrolls -- and subject to review by the selection committee.

College I

  • Possesses intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level speaking proficiency
  • Has not won a gold/silver/bronze award in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions

College II

  • Possesses advanced-low to advanced-mid level speaking proficiency
  • Has not won a gold/silver/bronze award in Category II or III in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions

1 Please note that the selection committee reserves the right to place a contestant in a different category based on the committee’s evaluation of his/her YouTube video submission, and/or online interview to be conducted if necessary.

2 In the event there are not enough successful applicants in College II, the selection committee will merge College II into College I.

3 If there are extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for you to be enrolled in a Japanese class in Fall 2020, please contact us by email and explain your situation. The Executive Committee will determine your eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

4 Calculated based on a semester system.

5 For instance, AP Japanese Language and Culture course credits officially accepted by a college/university may be counted as college-level Japanese-as-a-foreign-language credits. This includes actual recipients of a summer scholarship offered by J.LIVE Talk.