2011 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech & Skit Contest

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 100

On Saturday, March 26, 2011 the 2011 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech & Skit Contest will be conducted in the GL (Green Library) 100, at Florida International University (Modesto A. Maidique Campus, former University Park Campus) in Miami.

There will be two categories for the speech contest: prepared speech and skit categories. There will be award categories at the middle school, high school, and college levels, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4 and, for prepared speech only, a special award category for students who lived in Japan more than one year. The students should be enrolled in the level at which they are currently studying (block schedule schools included). Competition rules and judging guidelines are included in this packet of information along with the registration form.

This year, there will be $10 to participate. This fee includes obento box lunch. If you are an AFTJ student member, you will be reimbursed $2 by AFTJ. Below is a list of important changes and additions instituted last year and that will again be included in this year’s competition:

  1. In the Speech Contest, participants are allowed to use a digital visual aid (a series of up to five pictures on a PowerPoint or PC-compatible program) to enhance the audience’s experience of the speech. Students must bring their visual on a USB drive. This visual aid does NOT factor into scoring; the judges will still be looking for a well-prepared and performed speech, regardless of how visually appealing the aid is.
  2. In the Skit Contest, schools may submit an unlimited number of teams per level. This is to ensure the participation of anyone who would like to compete, especially from schools that have numerous students in their Japanese program.
  3. Unlike previous years in both the Speech and Skit Contests, awards will be given to students at all levels earning specifically-defined achievement levels, based on the average of the judges’ scores. So there may be more than one medal awarded for any one place at a level in an award category (middle, high, college).
  4. This year, we will again offer our state Yonkoma Manga Contest. In an attempt to include students who may not be able to attend on the day of the event, we would like to extend an invitation to submit yonkoma manga for awards. Students may create these manga by hand or with digital tools. They may also work individually or in pairs; both students must be currently-enrolled Japanese language students. We would like to feature these manga during our March 26th event as a digital slide show and possibly post exceptional examples on the AFTJ website.

All contestants’ teachers must be members of the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ). It is strongly encouraged that teachers accompany their students to the competition. Registration will begin at 9:30am and end at 10:00am, with the prepared speech category beginning promptly at 10:00am. Parents and friends are welcome to join the audience.

Only contestants who pre-register will be allowed to participate. The registration form is enclosed. There will be a registration fee of $10 this year. There will be $10 per person option for family and guests who would like a box lunch the day of the event. Please note that this fee is non-refundable and must be submitted with registration forms postmarked by March 14th. Contestants and their families assume the risks and responsibilities of participation.

Teachers, please collect all completed student registration forms and checks (for the optional lunch) and send them as a school addressed to Mieko Avello postmarked by March 14th, 2011. No submissions will be accepted after this date.

f you have any questions about placement of a student or about any other details regarding this event, please e-mail Mieko Avello at avellosensei@gmail.com.

Please click here to see the flyer for more information.