Junior Speech Competition 2017

This event is aimed at students from Foundation to Year 10.

Location: Firbank Girls Grammar School, Brighton

Please note: Registration time is half an hour prior to starting time.

Event Report

The annual JLTAV Junior Speech Competition was held at Firbank Grammar School in Brighton on Sunday 20 August. This year we had 148 participants, 46 primary students and 102 secondary students from 35 schools across Victoria.

We would like to congratulate all participants and thank all involved. It was pleasing to see so many enthusiastic students presenting their speeches and role-plays in Japanese. The competition is one way of encouraging students to continue with their Japanese language learning. We hope the students who participated in the competition continue their Japanese studies as knowing another language is a valuable skill and will open up many opportunities.

It is not easy to stand before a large audience and deliver a speech in another language and we would like to congratulate all the students for their courageous efforts. Thanks also go to the teachers and parents for supporting and encouraging the students and for the time spent preparing for the competition. We also acknowledge the support from those who drove from regional areas to participate.

We would like to thank the judges who gave up their time on a Sunday to support our Association and to judge our contest. Special thanks to:

Chikako Fujioka

Natsuko Mineghishi

Aine Murphy

Shu Ohki

Bianca Shae Inoue

Mami Sherwood

Deanna Wegman

Jessica Winstone

Maiko Yamane

The judges were very impressed by the high quality of speeches and the obvious preparation that had gone into the day and they commented that everyone did well. Their feedback for improvement was not to panic if you forget, try to be more enthusiastic in the set speech and try to pick unique personal topics for your own speech.

Thank you also to Eric Wegman for being the MC for the primary division and to Hamish Yule for being the MC for the secondary division. Thanks also to members of the JLTAV committee who gave up their time to work at the speech contest, it is very much appreciated.

We are fortunate to have the ongoing support for the Junior Speech Competition from The Japan Foundation, Sydney, which we greatly appreciate. We would also like to thank Ms Keiko Hongo for her generous contribution to the prizes for this year’s competition. The Keiko Hongo Encouragement Award was awarded in each category this year.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

Prize Winners

C1 Primary Year 5 to Year 6 (individual) First Taylee Yeo
Second Emily O’Toole
Third Georgia Odd
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Ruby Paul
C2 Primary Year 5 to Year 6 (pair) First Amy Chivers, Ilana Tsyrlin
Second Eric Jiang, Max Liu
Third Bella Grambau, Taylah Cole
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Samantha Jap, Venuja De Silva
D Primary Year 5 to Year 6 Open First Hanna Graham
Second Ciara Thompson
Third Akira Yianni
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Mirae Shim
E1 Secondary Years 7 and 8 (individual) First Isabella James
Second Harini Siva
Third Erin Koay
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Anna-Nikol Vladimirova
E2 Secondary Years 7 and 8 (pair) First Zara Shaikh, Meghna Nagarajan
Second Austin Macdonald, Alain Vo
Third Paige Butteriss, Jordan Smith
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Iris Christke, Alex Bray
F1 Secondary Years 9 and 10 (individual) First Alice Du
Second Hailey Park
Third Hannah Bourke
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Icy Hu
F2 Secondary Years 9 and 10 (pair) First Shireen Parsamanesh, Selena Zheng
Second William Giang, Tristan Sumarna
Third Jannice Chiu, Annie Mao
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Harrison Burns, Louise Shearman
G Secondary Open First Hana Imazawa
Second Reika Yoshikawa
Third Klaire Elkin
Keiko Hongo Encouragement Kris Chan

The 2017 JLTAV Inc. Junior Speech Competition was supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Competition divisions & programme

Registration timeAll divisionsAll divisions9.00 am
APrimaryFoundation to Year 2 (group)9.30 am
B1PrimaryYear 3 to Year 4 (individual)9.30 am
B2PrimaryYear 3 to Year 4 (group)9.30 am
C1PrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 (individual)11.00 am
C2PrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 (pair)11.00 am
DPrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 Open11.00 am
E1SecondaryYears 7 & 8 (individual)9.30 am
E2SecondaryYears 7 & 8 (pair)9.30 am
F1SecondaryYears 9 & 10 (individual)11.00 am
F2SecondaryYears 9 & 10 (pair)11.00 am
GSecondaryOpen11.00 am

Competition rules

Eligibility and Entry Fees

  • The competition consists of the above divisions.
  • This competition is open to primary and secondary school students up to and including Year 10.
  • Competitors who have lived in Japan for more than six consecutive months and/or whose first or second home language is Japanese must enter the Primary Year 5 to Year 6 Open or Secondary Open division as appropriate. Younger primary students may enter A, B1 or B2 divisions.
  • Competitors who are current or past students of a bilingual school must enter the open section either Primary or Secondary.
  • Competitors may only enter one category (i.e. a Competitor may not be entered in both the individual and pair categories).
  • The Competitor’s school, or one teacher in the Competitor’s school, must be a current financial member of the JLTAV.
  • An entry fee of $7.00 per Competitor for foundation to year 4, or $10.00 per Competitor for years 5 and up is to be forwarded to the JLTAV Inc with the entry form no later than Friday 4th August 2017.

Number of Entries

  • Each school is limited to one entry per division (a multi campus school is considered as a different school if they pay membership separately).
  • No substitution of students can occur once the entry is lodged with the JLTAV.
  • Entries are accepted on a “first come first served” basis.
  • In the event that a division has fewer than 6 entries, that division will be cancelled and the schools notified accordingly.

Competition procedure


  • The individual speeches and the pair dialogues must be the Competitors’ own work. The level of sophistication of Japanese must not exceed that which would generally be expected of a student at the stated year level. There is no advantage in assisting students to put together complex speeches as the level of difficulty is not a judging criterion.
  • Students must adhere to the time allocations. Exceeding the time allowed will result in loss of points.
  • Students should recite from memory – relying on notes will result in loss of points.
  • A “Confirmation of Application Acceptance Slip” showing names and divisions entered will be forwarded to schools after the closing date. Students must bring this slip with them to the competition.

Divisions A, B1 and B2

  • Group entries may consist of up to four participants.
  • There will be no set speech for these divisions.
  • As participation is the aim, any spoken Japanese performance will be accepted with a maximum time of 60 seconds for individuals and 90 seconds for groups.
  • Prizes for first, second and third will not be made in these divisions.
  • All participants will receive a certificate and small prize.

Divisions C1 to G

  • An individual division competitor will first recite the set passage for his/her division and then recite a speech of his/her own creation (maximum time of 60 seconds for their own speech, excludes set speech).
  • Pair division competitors will first recite the set conversation passage for his/her division and then together perform a dialogue of their own creation (maximum time of 90 second for their own speech, excludes set speech)
  • Competitors in the Open Primary Division recite the same set passage as the Primary Years 5 – 6 Competitors, then their own speech (a combined total of 90 seconds)
  • Competitors in the Open Secondary Division recite the same set passage as the Secondary Years 9 & 10 Competitors, then their own speech (a combined total of 90 seconds)

All divisions: costumes/props/uniform rules

  • Please note: No School Uniform! There will be no point deduction even if students wear their school uniform. However, in order to run a fair competition students are asked to wear neat casual clothing.
  • No costumes allowed, but minimal props permitted in divisions A, B1 and B2 only. For example, clothing accessories such as a hat, tail and glasses, which do not cover the face and obstruct students’ ability to talk. A small hand held prop is also permitted, such as a book or phone. The prop used should not interrupt the performance. Please note face paint is not permitted as well as props that will require cleaning up afterwards, for example food, rice, confetti and liquids are strictly not allowed.

Judging criteria

Competitors will be judged on the following:

  • Language (pronunciation, intonation, fluency, accuracy in grammar and use of words)
  • Originality and creativity
  • Presentation (delivery should be as Japanese students would deliver, NOT over acted)

Set passages

As websites cannot display ruby text clearly, please download the file from here:


Application procedure

The closing date for entries is Friday 4th August, 2017.

Fill in the form below (you must sign in first). You can pay via PayPal or through a tax invoice. Once you click “Pay offline”, you will be sent a tax invoice via email with payment details. The details are also here:

EFT details:

  • Account Name: JLTAV Inc.
  • BSB: 033034
  • Account Number: 611599
  • IMPORTANT: If you are sending money from your personal account, please write the name of your school in the reference section of Net-banking form AND send the application form ASAP after EFT.
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Email enquiries to: jltav@jltav.org.au

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