2020 Final Round Guidelines

Finalists must prepare presentation material (using PowerPoint or an equivalent program) to accompany their talks. The presentation material should be submitted along with a short abstract in English (150 words) via the finalists’ google form link (to be provided) by November 6th. The 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

High School Division: 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 3 mins

15 points

College 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 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 PowerPoint slides that accompany your talk.

Up to 5 mins

15 points

College 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 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 PowerPoint 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 & III: The judges will ask questions related to the talk.

Up to 6 minutes

15 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, clarity, sociolinguistic skills, fluency

 

Tips for Online Presentation

1. Pay attention to what is in the background. You do not want people's eyes to wander or be distracted by what is behind you. The focus should be on you, and the background should complement that. Please note that once you start your screen share, the speaker view will be minimized and the audience will not be able to see it well.

2. Pay attention to lighting. Do not sit in front of a window, because the webcam will adjust its exposure to the light, and you will be hard to see. The light source -- whether a window or a light, should be in front of you.

3. Be sure that the webcam is at eye level or slightly higher. If you are using your laptop, put it on top of some books to raise it up. Don't get too close to the webcam, but also don't sit too far away. And be aware how much of your body is showing in the frame. Since you will only appear on a small screen during your presentation, we do not recommend you stand up and move around.

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4. Keep your clothes simple. Color is good, but clothing with patterns can be distracting on camera. Solid colors are better. All participants are expected to dress in a professional manner.

5. You want to maintain eye contact with the online audience, even though you can't see them. So when you speak, be sure to look at the webcam. The natural tendency is to look at yourself on the screen, so the webcam will show your eyes looking down.

6. Be sure to do a technical check -- the microphone and audio, the lighting, and the camera. We recommend you use a headset with a microphone to block any outside noise and carry your voice clearly.*

7. To check ahead of time what you and your presentation look like, please practice with the "share screen” function on Zoom.

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*A finalist who needs assistance in procuring appropriate audio equipment can contact us at [email protected] as soon as you are selected as a finalist.

final round

Engage. Inspire. Connect.