Public Speaking in a Second Language

Public Speaking in a Non-English Second Language I: Beginning Speakers
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April 25, Torian Room, 7-9 p.m.

Students recite, from memory, a short (between 12 and 24 lines) excerpt from a poem, speech, play, monologue, fairytale, or editorial in a non-English language that is not their first or primary language. The excerpt should be 3-4 minutes in length and should be preceded by a short (less than 1-minute) introduction. The introduction should be composed by the speaker in the language of the excerpt to be recited, and should indicate the author, title, year of publication, and a statement of why the excerpt was selected. For purposes of this contest, “beginning speaker” is defined as a student currently enrolled in a 100, 200, or lower-300-level language course, or a student who has been enrolled in a 100, 200, or lower-300-level course but not an upper-300 level or 400-level language course. No visuals are allowed. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

Interested students should apply by submitting this form that includes the student’s name, major, year in school, first language, language in which the excerpt will be delivered, contact information, and English-language version of the introduction and excerpt to be recited by 31 March 2018. If more than one student applies in a given language, a faculty committee will hold a preliminary round to determine the single finalist for that language. 

Students are judged on the following bases:

  1. The quality of their introduction.

  2. Command of the second language in which the introduction and excerpt are delivered.

  3. Clarity and eloquence of the presentation.

  4. Adaptation to the largely American audience.

  5. Adherence to high ethical standards of speaking and accurate presentation and citation of the material. 

Public Speaking in a Non-English Second Language II: Advanced Speakers
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April 25, Torian Room, 7-9 p.m.

Students deliver a speech in a non-English language that is not their first or primary language. Presentations should be 4-5 minutes in length and should focus on the theme, “My favorite city is . . . “Speakers should clearly identify and describe the city of their choice and should use appropriate evidence (e.g., quoted authorities, statistics, examples, images, etc.) as they support why the chosen city is their favorite. For purposes of this contest, “advanced speaker” is defined as a student currently enrolled in an upper-300-level or 400-level language course, or a student who has been enrolled in an upper-300 level or 400-level language course. Moreover, the language used in this competition must have been acquired as part of schooling. Students who have spent more than one year in a country where the second language is spoken and students who have used/use the second language as part of routine daily communication are ineligible. All contestants are required to prepare and submit in advance an English-language manuscript version of the speech. No more than four visuals are allowed, with no text except on the title slide. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

Interested students should apply by submitting this form, that includes the student’s name, major, year in school, first language, language in which the speech will be delivered, contact information, title of presentation, and English-language version of the speech, by 31 March 2018. If more than six students apply, we will hold preliminary rounds to determine the 5-8 finalists. 

Students are judged on the following bases:

  1. Knowledge of the subject matter of the speech, evidenced by citation of appropriate evidence, sources, examples, narratives, and authorities.

  2. Command of the second language in which the speech is delivered

  3. Clarity and eloquence of the presentation (it should be well organized, with appropriate introduction and conclusion and excellent use of language, voice, voice, posture, gestures, eye contact, and audio/visual aids).

  4. Adaptation to the largely American audience.

  5. Adherence to high ethical standards of speaking and accurate representation and citation of relevant literature.