Speech Contest Information

Eligibility & Application Requirements,  Deadline,  Contest Schedule& Venue

 

Application Form, Speech Script Form

 

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Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation,
in conjunction with Consulate General of Japan in LA
and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese
will host its 13th annual  Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation
All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest. 

The contest will provide opportunities for young learners of Japanese
to make presentations in Japanese

and to inspire more students to improve their proficiency in Japanese. 

It is also hoped that the contest will encourage students to further their understanding of Japan,

its people, and its culture.

 

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Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation

(DBA Aurora Foundation)

 

Co-Presenter

American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

 

Hosted by

University of California, Irvine, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures

 

Josei

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 

 

Judging

Each speech must be five minutes or less in length.Choice of topic is open.Judges will base their decisions on content and presentation of speech, and interviews in Japanese with the Judges after each speech presentation.

 

 

Procedure

Fifteen contestants will take part in the13th annual contest, to be held on May 27, 2017.  

Contestants will be chosen from a pool consisting of the top three winners of various sub national/regional/state/multi-school Japanese language speech contests

held throughout the USA between April 1, 2016 and April 14, 2017.  

The participants will be selected based on evaluations of tape recordings of the applicants' speeches in Japanese.

 

 

Eligibility & Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be one of the top three winners of a sub-national/region/state/multi-school Japanese language speech contest held in the USA and its territories between April 1, 2016 and April 14, 2017.
  • Provide a recommendation form completed on the applicant’s behalf by an official representative of that contest. 
  • Be high school students at the time of the Aurora speech contest
    (senior year applicants graduating in May or June).
  • Not be native speakers of Japanese of have a Japanese parent (Issei).  
  • Be a citizen of the USA or a Permanent Resident of the USA.
    Aurora welcomes all students learning Japanese language in USA to enter the Aurora Speech Contest.
    However, in order to enter the World Speech Contest in Japan the student must be a citizen of the USA or a permanent resident of the USA.
    If the winner is not a citizen of the USA or permanent resident of the USA, we cannot send the contest winner as a USA representative.
    In that case the next place winner would be eligible.
  • Have not had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six. 
  • Not have entered an International Speech Contest (Japanese Speech Award-organized by E.G.G., JSA Planning Committee) in the past.
  • Submit a copy of their speech (script)in applicants' own handwriting
    and
    an audio recording of the speech in Japanese
    and
    the completed application form 

Prizes

  • The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 scholarship and a trip to the overseas students' Japanese
    Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in the summer of 2017. 
  • The 2nd place winner will receive a $500 scholarship. 
  • The 3rd place winner will receive a $300 scholarship.
  • All participants will receive a commendation.

Deadline

All applications must be mailed 

 on or before April 19, 2017

 

by Email: 
send all required materials as attachments to
speech@jlsf-aurora.org 

Subject Line: Aurora Speech Contest Aurora

or

by mail
Aurora Speech Contest
Aurora Foundation
3127 Nichols Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

Contest Schedule& Venue:

The 15 contestants will be invited to Los Angeles the weekend of May 26-28, 2017.

The sponsoring organization or the student will be responsible for transportation between the student's home and Los Angeles. The Aurora Foundation will cover all the contestants' appropriate expenses while in Los Angeles. Contestants will home-stay with Japanese host families in the Los Angeles area for two nights, unless a student wishes to make his or her own housing arrangements at his/her own expense.

 

 

April 19, 2017

All applications must be maild on or before

 

May 3, 2017

Announcement of the participants

 

May 26, 2017

Participants arrive in Los Angeles Attend Orientation, Welcome Party,

and Host Family Introductions

 

May 27, 2017

Speech Contest
Humanities Instructional Building
University of California, Irvine 

 

May 28, 2017

Free time. Participants depart from LA

 

All inquiries and requests for applications from representatives interested in entering the winners of their own speech contests should contact the Aurora Foundation by e-mail at aurorafoundation@usa.net for further information.

 

Welcome Party,2015

Speech Contest #1, 2015

Speech Contest 2, 2015

Speech Contest 3, 2015
 

2016 Application Form

Speech Script Form