Competition Information

Students will register for competition, these are listed below. When they are not participating in competitions they will be participating in activites.

This year's theme will be Sustainability. Speciifically related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals), which were adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015. We have selected 5 of the 17 goals for students to concentrate on.  These selected goals are: Goal 1: No Poverty (more info), Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing (more info), Goal 4: Quality Education (more info), Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (more info), Goal 14: Life Below Water (more info).  Additional Information can be found here: About SDGs, Teach SDGs, Worlds largest ClassroomComic about Global Goals, The World We WantVideo.

Student should be encouraged to focus on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communites as it is the theme of the upcoming United Nations Civil Society Conference that will be held in Salt Lake City in August this year.

Original Oratory

TYPE: Individual prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 1

RULES:

  1. Students will write and memorize an original speech on a subject of their choosing (with teacher approval).
  2. The speech must be delivered in the target language. Speeches may be in first or third person.
  3. The duration of the speech should be at least one minute and may not exceed 2 minutes.
  4. The student may use notes, with limitations. The student should deliver a memorized version of their speech to the judges, referring to their notes only periodically when needed.

CRITERIA:

Students will be judged on pronunciation, fluency, content, presentation and expression, response to questions by judges, and speech duration.

SUGGESTIONS:

Topics for an Original Oratory may include: one of 5 listed Sustainable Development Goals, history, geography, technology, anthropology, sports, health, travel, food, fine arts, a favorite book/movie, etc.

TEACHER NOTE:

All Oratory topics should be teacher-approved.

Please train your students to speak up and to project their voice

Skit

TYPE: Group prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Minimum: 2/ Maximum: 4

RULES:

  1. Groups must have at least two students, with a maximum of 4 students.
  2. Group members will write and memorize a skit on a subject of their choosing (with teacher approval).
  3. The duration of the skit may not exceed 4 minutes.
  4. One student should introduce the group and title of the skit at the beginning, in the target language.
  5. Parts should be memorized and delivered in the target language.
  6. The group will be responsible for bringing all props, costumes, and any other equipment needed. The setting up and dismantling of props and scenery must be done immediately before and after each presentation. Keep it simple.
  7. Musical and talent numbers may be included if it is in the target language.

CRITERIA:

Skits will be judged on presentation, language proficiency, staging, duration, pronunciation, and projection.

TEACHER NOTE:

All skits must be teacher-approved.

Please train your students to speak up and to project their voice.

Impromtu Talk

TYPE: Individual, no prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 1

RULES:

  1. Each student will draw a random card displaying one of 5 listed Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. Each student will have one minutes to prep a one minute talk and must not exceed 2 minutes. Taking notes is permitted. Paper and pencils are provided to the students for this purpose.
  3. The talk may be given with the notes taken during the prep period.
  4. The student should introduce themselves and the subject of the talk.
  5. At the end of the talk the judges may ask simple questions in the target language.
  6. The use of cell phones/dictionary is not permitted.

CRITERIA:

Students will be judged on pronunciation, fluency, content, presentation and expression, response to questions by judges, relation of talk to topic, and duration.

TEACHER NOTE:

Please train your students to speak up and to project their voices.

Visual Interpretation

TYPE: Individual, no prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 1

RULES:

  1. Each student will be shown a projected image.
  2. The student will have one minutes to prep a one minute detailed speech about the image, speech must not exceed 2 minutes.. Taking notes is permitted. Paper and pencils are provided to the student.
  3. The talk may be given with the notes taken during the prep period.
  4. The student should introduce his or herself and the subject of the talk.
  5. At the end of the talk the judges may ask simple questions in the target language.
  6. The use of cell phones/dictionary is not permitted.

CRITERIA:

Students will be judged on pronunciation, fluency, content, presentation and expression, relation of interpretation to image, and duration.

TEACHER NOTE:

Please train your students to speak up and to project their voice.

Song

TYPE: Individual OR group prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Minimum: 1/ Maximum: 4

RULES:

  1. Students must provide an audio track to sing to (you may use a commercially produced one). An aux cord and a CD player will be available. The track may include background singers and/or harmonies.One student should be responsible for starting and stopping the audio track.
  2. Total length of the performance must be at least one minute and may not exceed 4 minutes.
  3. Lyrics must not contain any profanity.
  4. The song and lyrics must be memorized. (No video screen will be used.)
  5. One student should introduce the group, title, and country of origin of the song at the beginning of the performance, in the language.

CRITERIA:

Performances will be judged on: vocal skills, presentation, choice of material, duration, pronunciation, projection, and judges’ overall impression of the performance.

TEACHER NOTE:

All song choices should be teacher-approved. Competitors from the same class should sing different songs.

Art

TYPE: Individual prep required

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 1

THEME: One of 5 listed Sustainable Development Goals

RULES:

  1. Students must create an original piece of art that conveys the theme  using the target language.
  2. Students must write a 250-word exposé in the target language that explains the idea behind the piece, the artist’s inspiration and connection to the theme.
  3. Students will present their piece and recite their exposé to the judges.
  4. Presentation must not exceed 2 minutes.
  5. For the presentation, students may place their artwork on an easel or on a table.

CRITERIA:

Students will be judged based on: creativity and originality, quality and overall design of the art piece, clarity of theme, presentation, and overall impression of the art.

SUGGESTIONS: Art pieces that can be easily transported by bus are a good idea! Pieces may be 2D or 3D.