Dear Debate & Speech Community,
We are excited to announce that the annual Junior Individual Public Speaking Championships is scheduled to be a remote event on 6 May (Saturday). Please read on for further details of the format and registration logistics.
As in past years, there are three compulsory categories, namely Persuasive Speaking, Interpretive Reading and Impromptu Speaking. Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading will be done and submitted as taped videos uploaded — as unlisted videos — onto YouTube from 21 to 23 April 2023 (Sunday), whereas the last category will be conducted live on Zoom on 6, May (Saturday). Please refer to the attached slides for the exact time limits and rules of each category. More details about the video submission process and a technical guide will be released in due course.
Each school can enroll six junior students maximum. Students up to current Secondary 3/ Year 10/Grade 9 are eligible for Junior competitions. Each school is also expected to supply one adjudicator for every three nominated students (in other words, two adjudicators for sending four, five or six students) to judge the taped videos and the live impromptu rounds. Please note that for junior competitions, senior students can be registered to judge. More guidelines on the judging criteria and approaches will be sent out after the registration period ends. A registration fee of HKD50 per student is applicable to facilitate the running of the tournament.
Please fill in the Google Form by 31 March (Friday) for registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfD1MxBe6j…/viewform…
The important dates are as follows.
31 March (Fri): Registration deadline
21 April – 23 April: Submission of taped videos of Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading on YouTube
26 April – 03 May: Judging period
03 May (Wed): Return of the ballots from judges through google form
06 May (Sat): Live Impromptu Speaking preliminary rounds + Finals
The following is the tentative schedule of the competition day on 06 May (Saturday).
9:00 – 9:30 – Registration
9:30 – 10:00 – Introduction and Impromptu briefing –
10:00-11:00 – Live Impromptu Speaking Preliminary Rounds on Zoom
11:00 – 12:00 – Break (Judges submit impromptu ballots, finalisation of tabs and communicating with finalists)
12:00 – 14:00 – Finals (Top three in all three categories will perform live)
14:00 – 14:30 – Announcement of Results (Top 3 of each category, Top 10 Speakers)
Thank you for your attention. We highly look forward to your participation so we can continue to nurture young public speaking talent in Hong Kong.
Coaches for WIDPSC Team Hong Kong