The Japanese Program at the George Washington University will seek applications for J.LIVE Talk 2016 starting September 1. J.LIVE Talk (short for Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk) is a new brand of Japanese language competition for the 21st century, which emphasizes the comprehensive range of presentation skills necessary for achieving communication in today’s increasingly interactive and multimedia world. Therefore, unlike a traditional speech contest, J.LIVE Talk evaluates not only oratory competence, but also the dynamism, vision and level of engagement of each participant's presentation, which can include audio-visual materials, audience interaction, and other enhancement. Please see the website (JLIVEtalk.com) for more details, including the promotional video that shows clips from the last year.
The contest consists of two rounds. In the preliminary round (September 1-October 13), entrants send in a 2-3 minute video answering the question “How did learning Japanese inspire you?”. This is followed by the final round, held at the George Washington University on November 13, 2016, in which each finalist gives a longer live presentation on a topic of his or her choice.
Thanks to generous support of the following organizations, the top awards include a chance to study abroad in Japan (a package of an airfare, six week intensive summer course tuition and a stipend in the amount of $2700), as well as cash prizes. We will also provide a travel subsidy up to $500 for a selected contestant to participate in the final round depending on the location of his/her home institution.
Applicants must satisfy all of the following basic qualifications:
- Studying Japanese as a foreign language, as of November 13, 2016 (J.LIVE Talk 2016 final round date), at the undergraduate or graduate level in a 2-year college or 4-year university
- Has earned a minimum of six credits of college level Japanese as a foreign language or the equivalent (as determined by the student’s university and subject to review by the selection committee) by the time of application
- Has not attended a full-time, secondary-level (grades 7-12) Japanese educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, for 4 or more years.
Heritage speakers who satisfy the basic qualifications are also encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants enter one of the three competition categories as determined by teacher recommendation (and subject to review by the selection committee), based on “ACTFL oral proficiency guidelines 2012.”
- Category I (Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid)
- Category II (Intermediate High- Advanced Low)
- Category III (Advanced Mid-Advanced High)