Debate (fun things)
State of Maine Japanese Speech Contest Outline
The Contest this year is held on Friday March 14, 2003, 7:00 ~ 8:15 p.m., in Muskie Archives at Bates College.
The goal of this event is to enable students to use Japanese in a real-life situation.
- Beginner Level (students in 1st year Japanese): up to 3 students from each institution;
- Intermediate Level (students in 2nd or 3rd year Japanese): up to 2 students from each institution;
- Advanced Level (students in 3rd or 4th year Japanese): up to 2 students from each institution;
- **The assignment of the level to which each student is placed may be discussed among the organizers.
- Each student will speak for three to seven minutes depending on the level.
- Each speaker will choose his/her own topic/theme.
- The students are encouraged to use vocabulary and grammar patterns they have learned in class. Memorizing a paper filled with words and grammar the speaker does not have a command of will defeat the contestﾕs purpose.
- Instructors of Japanese classes are encouraged to incorporate the preparatory work for this event (draft writing and practice speaking) in their semester curriculum. Ideally, each institution will host an in-house speech contest to select the seven (or less) finalists.
- Speed & Time
- 3 minutes for the Beginning Level
- 3 to 5 minutes for the Intermediate Level
- 5 to 7 minutes for the Advanced Level
- Eye contact
- The Consulate of General and a few JASM members will be judges this year.
- Prizes in the form of certificate will be provided for the first and second places in each level, and a book for other participants (speakers) this year.
Annual Bates-Colby Debate in Japanese Language
Time: Usually in Winter Semester Place: Bates or Colby, alternating as host Bates & Colby students are mixed up and divided into Pro. and Con. teams.
Zoe & Greg gave a summary speech. The students were nervous before they started. However, they said, “It was a lot of fun. I am happy doing this!” after they finished.
Topics to date
2001 Winter at Bates: Will Japan be better in the twenty first century or not? 2000 Winter at Colby: Should Japan make English the second official language or not? 1999 Winter at Bates: Is Japan all right in the future or not? 1998 Winter at Colby: Is Japan’s Westernalization a good thing or not? 1997 Winter at Bates: Which is better to live in Japan or the U.S.? 1995 Winter at Colby: Which people are happier, the Japanese or the Americans? 1994 Fall at Bates: Individualism VS. Groupism 1993 Winter at Colby: Which has a better future, the Oriental or the Western countries? “Nihon wa daijoobuka? (Is Japan all right in the future?)”