Junior Speech Competition 2021

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

Location: Online

Registration form

Registrations for the 2021 Junior Speech Competition is now open. Click here to register.

Closing date for online submission: Thursday 18th November 2021

Entry fees: Prep to Year 4 $7.00 (inc. GST): Year 5 to Year 10 $10.00 (inc. GST)

Competition divisions & program

DivisionsSchool TypesYear Levels/Categories
APrimaryFoundation to Year 2 (group)
B1PrimaryYear 3 to Year 4 (individual)
B2PrimaryYear 3 to Year 4 (group)
C1PrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 (individual)
C2PrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 (pair)
DPrimaryYear 5 to Year 6 Open
E1SecondaryYears 7 & 8 (individual)
E2SecondaryYears 7 & 8 (pair)
F1SecondaryYears 9 & 10 (individual)
F2SecondaryYears 9 & 10 (pair)

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 Thursday 18th November 2021.

Number of Entries

  • Prep to Year 2: A maximum of 2 groups of up to 4 students per school
  • Years 3-4: Up to 2 individual entries per school.
  • Years 5-6: Up to 2 pair entries per school.
  • Years 5-6: Up to 2 individual entries per school.
  • Years 5-6: One open entry
  • Each school is limited to one entry per division for Years 7 to 10 (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.
  • Closing date for online submissions: Thursday 18th November – send entries via WeTransfer to jltavcommittee@gmail.com

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)

Winners will be notified in Term 4

Set passages

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