Guidelines

 

Welcome to 2021 Toronto Korean Speech Contest (Virtural Event)

The 15th Annual Toronto Korean Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, March 20. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held in a virtual format. Participants should submit their online application along with the script and speech video (uploaded on YouTube) by Friday, March 12, 11:59 pm EST.  On Saturday March 13, a panel of preliminary round judges will decide the qualification of each speech for the main round. A message about the qualification will be sent to each participant. Qualified participants should attend the virtual main round meeting held at noon on Saturday March 20 (Eastern Time). A panel of three judges will ask each participant instant questions related to their speech.

DEADLINE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION & SPEECH SUBMISSION: Friday, March 12, 2021

Go to Online Application

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • 15 years of age or older
  • Not a native speaker of Korean
  • Qualify for one of the 4 contest categories

Note: Applicants need to be attending an educational institution (secondary, post-secondary, or continuing education) at the time of the contest and should discuss participation in the contest with their instructors. If any questions arise regarding applicants’ qualifications, the Organizing Committee’s decision will be final. Past contestants and winners are eligible to participate. However, past first place prize winners are not allowed to participate in the same category in which the prize was won.

CATEGORIES:

(1) HIGH SCHOOL & NOVICE
  • Not have a parent/guardian who is a native speaker of Korean
  • Studied the Korean language for less than 50 hours (except high school students)
  • Not stayed in Korea for more than a total of six months after the age of six

Note: It is presumed that the “parent(s)” lived with the applicant until the applicant finished secondary school. “Hours of study” means the number of instruction hours of Korean language study. Hours of study should include all hours of Korean language study, including private lessons, by the time of the contest.

(2) BEGINNER
  • Not have a parent/guardian who is a native speaker of Korean
  • Studied the Korean language for less than 120 hours
  • Not stayed in Korea for more than a total of six months after the age of six
(3) INTERMEDIATE
  • Not have a parent/guardian who is a native speaker of Korean
  • Studied the Korean language for less than 240 hours
  • Not stayed in Korea for more than a total of six months after the age of six
(4) ADVANCED
  • Studied the Korean language over 240 hours (No limit on hours of study)
  • No limit on duration of stay in Korea, but should specify the duration of time on online application
  • Can have either or both parents/guardian who are native speakers of Korean as long as the applicant is studying Korean as a foreign/heritage language
  • If born in Korea, can have stayed in Korea for up to 4 years of age from birth

SPEECH TITLE AND CONTENT:

APPLICANTS SHOULD:
  • Submit speech to the Committee at time of application (Use the online application form)
  • No limitation in topic.  Choose own title and subject of their speech in Korean
  • Write own speech
  • Memorize the speech

Note: Reading or using cue cards will be subject to demerit points. Small disparities between the written speech and the oral presentation will not be subject to penalty as long as the content is the same.

video LENGTH:

  • High school & Novice: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Beginner: Maximum 3 minutes
  • Intermediate: Maximum 3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Advanced: Maximum 3 minutes 30 seconds

Note: Contestants whose speech video exceed the time limits will be disqualified for the main round.

video requirements:
  • The video should show a full body or from head to knees view. (Required)
  • The video should not be edited. (Required)
  • The video should follow the time limit for each category. (Required)
  • The sound of the recording should be clear and loud enough to evaluate the speech. (Required)
  • A small audience (1-2 people) is visible in the video to evaluate presentation manner including eye-contact. (Recommended)

JUDGES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Panel of three judges comprised of individuals involved in Korean Language Education in Canada
  • Speeches assessed according to manner of presentation, content, organization, grammar and pronunciation.
  • All main round participants are subject to answer an instant question from a judge after the presentation for a bonus point.

CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES:

  • All contestants will be awarded a participation certificate
  • One grand prize winner across all category and top 3 winners in each category will be awarded prizes and certificate of award
  • Grand Prize: award certificate and CAD 1,000 (or equivalent online gift card) plus opportunity to participate in the KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) Korean Speech Contest held in Korea*
  • 1st place in each category: Award certificate and CAD 800 (or equivalent online gift card)
  • 2nd place in each category: Award certificate and CAD 500 (or equivalent online gift card)
  • 3rd place in each category: Award certificate and CAD 200 (or equivalent online gift card)
  • Korea Tourism Organization Special Award: Award certificate and CAD 200 (or equivalent online gift card)

*Note: The opportunity is given in case the KTO Korean Speech Contest is held in 2021.  The opportunity covers all travel expense including airfare and room and board.