High School Division
All applicants must satisfy all qualifications. Heritage speakers who satisfy the basic qualifications are encouraged to apply.
- 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 the “ACTFL oral proficiency guidelines 2012” )
- Japanese is not his/her dominant language.*
*The dominant language is the language which a bilingual or multilingual speaker has greatest proficiency with and/or uses more often.
Based on teacher recommendation (and subject to review by the selection committee) applicants enter one of the two competition categories: Category I, II, and III. 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. Notes: 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. In the event there are not enough successful applicants in College III, the selection committee will merge College III into College II.
- 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 the J.LIVE Talk final round date. Note: If there are extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for you to be enrolled in a Japanese class in the necessary semester for the competition, please contact us by email and explain your situation. The Executive Committee will determine your eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
- Has earned a minimum of six college level Japanese-as-a-foreign-language credits (calculated based on a semester system) 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 committee) by the time of application. Note: 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.
- 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.
These 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.
- Possesses intermediate-low to intermediate-mid level speaking proficiency
- Has not won any award in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions
- Possesses intermediate-high to advanced-low level speaking proficiency
- Has not won any award in Category II or III in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions
- Possesses advanced-mid to advanced-high level speaking proficiency
- Has not won any award in Category III in previous J.LIVE Talk competitions
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