J.LIVE Talk 2017

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J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk is a college-level Japanese language speech competition that emphasizes a comprehensive range of learned communication skills. Unlike a traditional speech contest, this competition will evaluate the dynamism, vision and level of engagement of each participant’s presentation, which can include audio-visual materials, audience interaction, and other innovations that enhance his or her talk in a manner similar to the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks. The competition aims to provide a platform for graduate and undergraduate students of institutions of higher education to:

  • showcase their proficiency in Japanese
  • polish their public speaking skills
  • share ideas from their unique perspectives and
  • connect with the larger Japanese-affiliated community.

The competition consists of a preliminary round, the semifinal round, and the final round. During the preliminary round (September 1-September 29) entrants send in a short video on a designated topic. Two different panels of judges will narrow down the field to 18 semifinalists and subsequently 9 finalists. The final round consisting of 9 live presentations will be held at the George Washington University on November 5, 2017. The top awards will  include a chance to study abroad in Japan, as well as cash prizes.

J.LIVE Talk 2017 is being made possible with the generous support from the following organizations. We welcome your support, too!

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