Honjo Yuri Recitation and Speech Contest

The Honjō Yuri Recitation & Speech Contest (本荘由利英語暗唱弁論大会, Honjō Yuri eigo anshou benron taikai) is an annual competition that is held in Honjō for junior high school students in Yurihonjō and Nikaho.

Annual contests

Schedule

The contest happens in the morning. First is the recitation section, followed by a short break, followed by the speech section. This takes several hours. After a long lunch break, there's a cultural exchange event. While ALTs and students do cultural exchange activities, the judges privately decide on the winners. Finally, everyone sits down, the judges give some short speeches, and the winners are announced.

Location

Current

2018 Nishime Kominkan Seagull (西目公民館シーガル, 秋田県由利本荘市西目町沼田字新道下2-533)

Previous

2016-2017 Nishime Kominkan Seagull (西目公民館シーガル, 秋田県由利本荘市西目町沼田字新道下2-533)
2015 Honjo Koryu Gakushu Center (交流学習センター, 秋田県由利本荘市上大野16)
2014 Nishime Kominkan Seagull (西目公民館シーガル, 秋田県由利本荘市西目町沼田字新道下2-533)
2011-2013 Honjo Koryu Gakushu Center (交流学習センター, 秋田県由利本荘市上大野16)
2007-2010 Honjo Tsurumai Kaikan (鶴舞会館, 秋田県由利本荘市瓦谷地1)

Scoring

Years ago, the judges for this contest used the following point breakdown. Probably they currently use something similar, so this should provide a general idea of things to consider when coaching.

  • Recitation.
    • Delivery: 20 points. Eye contact, facial expression, voice control, pauses, gestures.
    • Accuracy: 20 points. Pronunciation, rhythm, intonation, skipping.
    • Degree of recitation: 20 points.
  • Speech. Note that speech topics are often found in authorized textbooks, though the speeches themselves aren't.
    • Delivery: 25 points. Eye contact, facial expression, voice control, pauses, gestures.
    • Accuracy: 25 points. Pronunciation, rhythm, intonation, skipping.
    • Degree of recitation: 20 points.
    • Content: 30 points. Grammar (10 points), interesting (15 points), originality (5 points).

See also