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Judges

A panel of the following five judges will assess each speech or skit in three categories: Language Use, Content and Delivery. For Speech Level 3 contestants, Q&A will be assessed after their speech.

  • Professor Mariko Wei, Chief judge. School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University
  • Professor Hiroko Chiba, Professor of Japanese, Depauw University
  • Mr. Brian Malachowski, Group Leader, Trim & Final Manufacturing Engineering, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
  • Mr. Takahiko Ogata, Lt. Governor of Kiwanis Indiana
  • Mr. Thomas Ishikawa, Purdue alumnus, Former President of Japan Student Association

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will assess each speech or skit in three categories: Language Use, Content and Delivery. For the contestants, Q&A will be assessed after their speech. An example of what judges will be looking for:

1. Language Use: Correct usage of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, context, honorifics, etc. Skit participants are evaluated on language skills, not acting ability.

2. Content: Originality, creativity, appropriateness, depth of subject understanding.
3. Delivery: Pronunciation, clarity, organization, flow, memorization, poise, enthusiasm.
4. Q&A (Only for Speech): Understanding of question, fluency, improvisation and elaboration in answer.

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