Speech

Contents:

  1. Original Oratory (5-10 minutes, any topic and style ok)
  2. Declamation (5-10 minutes, speeches can be cut but not altered)
  3. Prose Interpretation (5-10 minutes, cut from one text only)
  4. Dramatic Interpretation (5-10 minutes, no costumes or props)
  5. Duo Interpretation (5-10 minutes, no costumes or props)
  6. Humorous Interpretation
  7. Poetry Interpretation (5-10 minutes, can be compiled from more than one text)
  8. Story Telling (5 minutes, no costumes or props)
  9. Exhibition Event:TV Commercials (1-3 minutes)

1. Topics for “Original Oratory” (5-10 minutes, any topic and style ok)

  • Do Asian Students Really Want to Obey?
  • Misconceptions of Asian Stereotypes
  • Why Can’t You See Me as an American?
  • I am not Chinese-American, not even Taiwanese-American, but American-Taiwanese living in Taipei. Do you know what that’s like?
  • Why Racial Hybridity is Being Cool in 21st Century
  • Glocalization: How I Think Global but Act Local in a Small Island Called Taiwan
  • China is My Big Brother Who Smacks Me Once in Awhile
  • I Predict that China will ________
  • Why China Does Not Mind Buying Up U.S. Bonds
  • The Real Reasons Why China Supports U.S. Financially
  • How Has the U.S. Not Live Up to Its Promises?
  • How Has the Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Affected Me?
  • My Feelings About “Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness”
  • How Would the Astronomical U.S. Deficit Affect Me?
  • How Would the Global Warming Affect Me?
  • The Cyber World that I Reside in Today is ______
  • What Kind of World Would I Grow Into?
  • What is “Self Control” to a Kid Like Me?
  • Or choose your own topic. Don’t choose something that is overly political or current. Choose a topic that you can personally relate to. Any suggestions?

2. Declamation (5-10 minutes, speeches can be cut but not altered)

3. Prose Interpretation (5-10 minutes, cut from one text only)

4. Dramatic Interpretation (5-10 minutes, no costumes or props)

5. Duo Interpretation (5-10 minutes, no costumes or props)

6. Humorous Interpretation

7. Poetry Interpretation (5-10 minutes, can be compiled from more than one text)

8. Story Telling (5 minutes, no costumes or props)

  • NJFL will announce the topic for 2012
  • for 2011, the topic was “food”

9. Exhibition Event:TV Commercials (1-3 minutes)

TV Commercials are for one to three people. The art of a commercial lies in the student’s ability to say a lot about the product or service in a short amount of time. The product being presented must be an original idea of the students presenting it, not something taken form another source (such as spoofs from Saturday Night Live). Props, costumes, music, and anything else necessary to try to sell the product will be allowed. Attire appropriate to the presentation may be worn. Catchy jingles or phrases are encouraged.

This event gives students an opportunity to use imagination in preparing and delivering a brief presentation. This is a simulation of a television commercial, therefore there can be no interaction between presenter(s) and audience.

Rhetorical questions, however, are allowed. The speech must be presented from memory, using notes, or extemporaneously. Each contestant may use of one 4×6 card (or smaller), but note cards are not required.

Delivery shall require 1-3 minutes. A contestant/team who exceeds this time limit by more than :30 seconds is not eligible for a first place rank.

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