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The 18th English Oral Interpretation Contest
for Senior High School Students and the English Performance Festival for Junior High School Students

September 12, 2012

[ Date/time ] Saturday, November 10, 2012
[ Venue ] Flatten Hall, 1F, Building R, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Fee ] Free (Come and go freely)
[ Eligibility ] Enrolled in a High School in Japan in Grade 1 to 3 and English is not a first language.
Previous winners of this contest are also ineligible.
All junior high students are eligible for the junior high category.
[ How to apply ]

Apply by email to kokosei-oralinterp@nanzan-u.ac.jp
When applying use the subject line “高校生オーラル・インタープリテーション申込み” or “中学生オーラル・インタープリテーション申込み” and fill in the required information given below.
Please apply on a per-school basis.

  1. Names with furigana of participating students
  2. Grade
  3. School name
  4. Title and author of the work
  5. Name of contact at the school and contact information
  6. Indication of whether high school students will present in the group or individual category (Junior high school students may only participate as a group).
Person information collected will be managed carefully and used only during the implementation of this contest.
[ Participants ] Up to 2 groups can participate in the group category and 1 person in the individual category per school.
Up to 25 groups and 10 individuals will participate, accepted in the order of application. Up to 10 groups will participate in the junior high category, accepted in the order of application.
[ Categories ] High school students may choose from the group or individual categories.
Junior high school students may only participate in a group category.
[ Description ]

Oral interpretation is the interpretation of English content by a reader and then communicating the message in English to an audience using a script with voice, expression and sometimes body and hands.
This is different than a play, as the reader is speaking directly to the audience.
Even when performed by two or more speakers, they do not face each other on the stage and talk without acting.
For the most part, no costumes, set pieces or props are used.
We will prepare black boxes for use as chairs. Please use as needed.

In the individual category, the reader stands in the center of the stage and reads the work they selected.
During the reading, attention is given to the loudness of voice, speed of reading, vocal qualities, and expression of emotion.

The use of gestures, facial expression and direction and lines of sight are also paid attention to.
Depending on the content, it may be good to have some response to the spoken content.
You may bring the script to the stage attached to a black cover paper.
Oral interpretation is less about memorization and more about how the work is communicated as read.

The group category is similar to the individual category. The number of people on stage increases so coordination with other readers is observed, including position and division of portions read.
The readers do not look at each other’s face or act. They are speaking to the audience in front of them.
As a group they interpret the message the work communicates.

High School Group Category
Two or more people read a work. Select a work or excerpt that can be read within 4 minutes. The reading expresses the reader’s interpretation.
High School Individual Category
Select a work or excerpt that can be read within 3 minutes from an English printed work. The reading expresses the reader’s interpretation.
Junior High Category
Two or more people read a work. Select a work or excerpt that can be read within 3 minutes. The reading expresses the reader’s interpretation.

* In both individual and group categories, the participants are not allowed to present original material.

* If the time for the presentation is exceeded, points may be deducted from the score.

[ Judgment criteria ] Each presentation will be judged on interpretation and prosody (vocal qualities including pronunciation, inflection and rhythm).
That is, has the reader fully grasped the message in the work?
Has the reader taken on some of the writer to communicate the message?
Do the pronunciation, inflection, rhythm and strength of voice represent correct oral expression appropriate to the content?
The group category is judged on how well the readers read as one and the positive impression they make on the audience.
The junior high group is not judged, but will receive comment after presentation.
[ Inquiries ] Nanzan Junior College Office, Nanzan University
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya City 466-8673
Phone: 052-832-3111
E-mail: kokosei-oralinterp@nanzan-u.ac.jp