Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research

Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest

Alberta District Japanese Language Speech Contest

The Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research aims to facilitate Japanese language learning through various activities including the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest (ADJSC). The goals of the ADJSC are to encourage the study of Japanese, recognize academic excellence and promote good will and mutual understanding between Canada and Japan.

The Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest is held annually in March. There are four levels which a contestant may enter: beginner, intermediate, advanced or open.


27th Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest

Date: March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: University of Calgary (Calgary)
Room: Craigie Hall C119

Download the application form here!

The deadline for application is Friday, February 9, 2018, 4pm MST. 

Application Procedure

The complete application should include:

  • Application Form (can be downloaded here)
  • The final draft of the speech

If a speech submitted clearly exceeds the knowledge level of the competition category in which it has been entered, the Organizing Committee will place it in a higher category.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application is Friday, February 9, 2018, 4pm MST.

The organizing committee will inform applicants of the results by Friday, February 16, 2018 via e-mail. Please contact Prof. X. Jie Yang (xyang@ucalgary.ca) if you have not been contacted after this date.

Please consult with your Japanese Language Instructor before submitting your application. The applications should be submitted to:

xyang@ucalgary.ca, or
ptjc@ualberta.ca (for applications from University of Alberta)

General Eligibility

All contestants must:

  1.  be currently studying Japanese as a foreign language.
  2.  be of a nationality other than Japanese (individuals possessing dual nationality, including dual Japanese citizenship, are eligible to apply).
  3.  be a resident of Alberta or Saskatchewan.
  4.  be 18 years of age or over.
  5.  in addition to the general eligibility criteria, contestants must also satisfy specific category criteria as indicated below.

Categories

In addition to the general eligibility criteria, contestants must also follow these specific category guidelines. If any questions arise regarding a contestant’s eligibility or the level of the entry, the organizing committee’s decision will be final.

BEGINNER

  • Neither parent of the contestant is a native speaker of Japanese
  • The contestant has studied Japanese for less than 130 hours or one year
  • The contestant has not stayed in Japan for more than three months in total since the age of six.

INTERMEDIATE

  • Neither parent of the contestant is a native speaker of Japanese
  • The contestant has studied Japanese for up to 260 hours
  • The contestant has not stayed in Japan for more than six months in total since the age of six

ADVANCED

  • Neither parent of the contestant is a native speaker of Japanese
  • There is no limit on the hours of study
  • The contestant has not stayed in Japan for more than three years in total since the age of six

OPEN

  • Both or either of the parents may be native speakers of Japanese language as long as applicants are studying Japanese as a foreign language
  • There is no limit on the hours of study
  • There are no restrictions on length of stay in Japan

Notes:

  1. The cut-off date for determining one's appropriate contest category is February 9, 2018.
  2. To determine their hours of study, students should count their hours of university-level Japanese study or equivalent. Equivalent hours are the hours covered by prerequisite courses that were waived for a student entering their university's Japanese programme directly at an advanced level. Students who entered at an advanced level should count equivalent hours instead of their actual hours spent studying Japanese outside the university system.
  3. If any questions arise regarding a contestant's eligibility, the organizing committee's decision will be final.
  4. If the level of the speech (grammar, expressions, etc.) is determined to be inappropriate for level the contestant is entered in, they will only be allowed to participate if they switch to an appropriate level.

Title and Subject of Speech

  • Title and subject of speech are the choice of the contestant.
  • The contestant must solely prepare his/her speech.

Speeches must be memorized. If the speech is read from a prepared script, point deductions will be considered.

Length of Speech

  • Beginner: 3 min.
  • Intermediate: 4 min.
  • Advanced: 5 min.
  • Open: 5 min.

* Speeches deviating substantially from these time constraints will be subject to penalty.

Judges

The Judging Panel consists of Japanese professors from Alberta universities and representatives from the Japan Foundation and Consulate-General of Japan at Calgary and/or the Japanese community. The names of the judges will be announced in the Speech Contest Program.

Awards

  • Certificates and category prizes
  • Participant prizes: given to all contestants without a category prize
  • Top winners in each category are invited to the National Speech Contest

Sponsors

Coordinating Sponsors

  • Consulate-General of Japan at Calgary
  • The Organizing Committee for the Alberta District Japanese Language Speech Contest

Contributing Sponsors

  • School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, University of Calgary 
  • Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Alberta
  • Alberta Japanese Businessmen's Association
  • Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd. 
  • The Japan Foundation

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest, please contact Prof. X. Jie Yang, or Prince Takamado Japan Centre at:

xyang@ucalgary.ca
X. Jie Yang

ptjc@ualberta.ca
Prince Takamado Japan Centre
University of Alberta
201 TELUS Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2R1