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NihonGO! PRESENTATION FEST

This is a new contest by The Japan Foundation, Sydney that gives Japanese language users in Australia the opportunity to present their messages by using Japanese.

Presentation skills are indispensable for people with different ideas to exchange opinions and thoughts to understand each other. Especially in today’s world with advanced technologies, it has become common to use images and videos as well as words to convey messages. By communicating in this way, you can cross language barriers and reach a wider audience for mutual understanding in the world.

CONTEST FORMAT

Entries should be made directly to The Japan Foundation, Sydney. There are no state/territory level contests as a pre-requirement.

The contestant must be able to send a message to not only Japanese language users, but also to those who don’t know Japanese by using methods other than language itself.
The presentation must include a human voice speaking Japanese (artificial human voice is unacceptable), however the supporting contents don’t have to be in Japanese.

The Presentation Topic for 2024 is SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE.

DIVISIONS 

  • High School Senior Division (Year 11 and 12)
  • Open Division

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Read the guidelines for details
  2. Record your presentation in a video
  3. Upload it to YouTube
  4. Submit your entry form

Entries close: 5pm (AEST) on September 16, 2024  (All steps above must be completed by this date.)

The presentations will be judged by staff at The Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the contest results will be announced on this webpage in mid October 2024.

2024 NihonGO! Presentation Fest

1. Aim of Contest and Background

This is a contest for Japanese language users in Australia to present their messages by using Japanese.

Presentation skills are indispensable for people with different ideas to exchange opinions and thoughts to understand each other. Especially in today’s world with advanced technologies, it has become common to use images and videos as well as words to convey messages. By communicating in this way, you can cross language barriers and reach a wider audience for mutual understanding in the world. 

2. Contest Format

Entries should be made directly to The Japan Foundation, Sydney. There is no state/territory level contest as the pre-requirement.

The contestant must be able to send a message to not only Japanese language users but also to those who don’t know Japanese, by using methods other than language as well.

The presentation must include a human voice speaking Japanese (artificial human voice is unacceptable), however the supporting contents don’t have to be in Japanese.

Some examples are:

  • To add captions in English while speaking Japanese
  • To show key words of the presentation in English
  • To utilise visual materials, e.g. PowerPoint, photos, videos, sign language…etc.

Divisions:

The Presentation Contest has two categories. These are:

  1. High School Senior Division (Individual or Group)
  2. Open Division (Individual or Group)

Topic of Presentation: The topic for the 2024 contest is SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE

Entrants are not allowed to use the same presentation which has been made and entered into any other contests.

Length of Presentation (Time Limit):

High School Senior Division:                            5 minutes

Open Division:                                                 5 minutes

3.Conditions of Entry

High School Senior Division

This Division is open to students in Year 11 and 12:

  • Contestants must be studying/have studied Japanese as a foreign language
  • Contestants may be studying/have studied Japanese as their heritage language
  • Contestants can be at any level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Contestants may have visited or lived in Japan for any length of time
  • Both individual entries or group entries are allowed. There is no limit to the number of people in one group.
  • No contestants may appear in both individual and group entries.
  • Identical presentations cannot be made by a different individuals/groups from the same school or institution.

 Open Division

This Division is open to anyone aged 17 or above who are no longer high school students:

  • Contestants must be studying/have studied Japanese as a foreign language
  • Contestants may be studying/have studied Japanese as their heritage language
  • Contestants can be at any level of Japanese language proficiency
  • Contestants may have visited or lived in Japan for any length of time
  • Both individual entries or group entries are allowed. There is no limit to the number of people in one group.
  • No contestants may appear in both individual and group entries.
  • Identical presentations cannot be made by a different individuals/groups from the same institution or organisation.
4. Judging Criteria & Judges

Message           50% (message/topic/contestant’s views are clear, interesting, attracting and convincing)

Effects              20% (supporting contents are linked well with the message, and are also appealing and effective)

Structure         20% (presentation structure is well balanced and easy to follow)

Language        10% (Audiences should be able to understand the presentation even with possible errors in vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation)

  • The presentation should be recorded clearly in the video.
  • Please be mindful of the time limit.
5. Prizes

To be announced on the contest webpage.

6. Date and Venue

The Presentation Contest will be held via video entries directly to The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

Entry will close at 5pm (AEST) on September 16, 2024

The winners will be announced in mid October (TBC) on the contest webpage.

Presentation can be done in many different ways – – some focus more on verbal presentation while others use more visual materials.

The most important thing is to convey your idea, opinion, and thoughts to the wider range of audience beyond the language you speak. No matter what your Japanese language level is, you can integrate it into your presentation in your own unique way. There is no definite style or format the contest requires in your presentation. Also, the level of your Japanese language competence is not the main criteria for judgement.

Some of the suggested styles are:

  • Presentation in English and subtitle in Japanese
  • Presentation in English and visual information in Japanese
  • Presentation in Japanese and subtitle in English
  • Presentation in Japanese and visual information in English
  • Presentation in Japanese and visual information also in Japanese

Here are some examples of excellent presentation to give you some ideas: unique topic, efficient image and props use, effective interaction with audience, enjoyable and easy to understand presentation, well organised group work, entertaining skit….etc.

Please just remember that you will not require such high level of language skills which you see in the above videos. Instead, we hope you can get an essence of a great presentation from them.

You will be producing your own video and uploading it as an unlisted video to YouTube. Do not use a video or file sharing site other than YouTube (not Google Drive, not Facebook, etc).

• Video length: 5 minutes maximum.

• Upload your video to your own channel on YouTube.

• In the YouTube video title field, use the following naming format:
NihonGO!24: [Presentation Title] – [Contact Name] – [Division (HS or Open)] – [State/Territory]
Use English characters only. YouTube has a limit of 100 characters. If you cannot fit your video name as above, please include the portion of your [Presentation Title] that fits, omit the rest but include the full length title when you fill out the Entry Form tab.
Example: “NihonGO!24: The Pirate King – Buddy D. Kloun – HS – NSW”.

• Description: The summary of your presentation in English. Word count to be roughly 100 – 150 words.

• Privacy settings: Must be set to “Unlisted” (so that the video does not appear in search and cannot be viewed without the link).

• Tags: not needed

Deadline: 5pm (AEST) September 16 (Mon)

Presentation Fest - Entry Form

1. About your entry

2. Contact Details (one person if it is a group entry)

3. Video Upload

Please copy and paste the unlisted YouTube video link for your entry.

4. Terms and Conditions

I confirm that my video is within 5 mins
If you have used ANY copyright material, please list above, with details of permission given. Please include these in the credits of your film or in the film description box on YouTube. Your film will to subject to YouTube copyright policies.
Permission is required from parents or guardians of all participants under the age of 18.

5. Feedback

NihonGO! Presentation Fest Guidelines

ENQUIRIES

Japanese Language Department

(02) 8239 0055

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