J.LIVE Talk 2020

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Live Final Round starting at 5pm EST on Saturday, November 14, 2020!

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J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk was founded in 2015 as a college-level Japanese language presentation competition that emphasizes a comprehensive range of learned communication skills. This year, we are adding a high school division for the first time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have a special online competition on Zoom, which will be live-streamed on YouTube.

J.LIVE Talk evaluates 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. This year, we hope it will also be a good opportunity for all participants to learn effective ways to communicate online.  (Please read the invitation letter from Amb. John R. Malott on behalf of the J.LIVE Talk 2020 Advisory Committee here. Also see Tips for Online Presentation.) 

The competition aims to provide a platform for Japanese language learners to:

  • showcase their proficiency in Japanese
  • polish their presentation 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. The entrants should send in a short video on a designated topic by October 8th. Two different panels of judges will narrow down the field to 18 semifinalists and subsequently to 9 finalists. The final round consisting of 9 live presentations will be held online on Saturday, November 14, 2020. This year's awards will be gift cards and certificates. (We plan on reverting to in-person presentations with short-term study abroad awards in 2021. The winners of J.LIVE Talk 2020 will be eligible to apply in 2021 so long as they do not deliver their presentations on an identical topic.)

J.LIVE Talk 2020 is being made possible with the generous support from the following organizations. We welcome your support for J.LIVE Talk 2020!

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This event is on the record and open to the public. Your photo or video may be taken during the event for education or promotional purposes. Your participation grants permission for our use of these photos and videos.



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