The George Washington University will host the fourth annual J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk contest on November 11, 2018. The competition is open to students enrolled in Japanese language courses in colleges and universities across the nation, and the nine contestants who are coming to Washington, DC for the final round are selected through a preliminary round of video presentations. Prizes for the winners include airfare to Japan and tuition for summer language programs in Tokyo and Nagoya. The contest aims to promote the study of Japanese at the college and graduate school level in the US, and in doing so, help cultivate the next generation of leaders in US-Japan relations. Unlike a traditional speech contest, J.LIVE is a presentation contest geared for today’s global world. It emphasizes not just linguistic competence but also 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and information/media/technology literacy. Contestants are thus evaluated for the effective use of data and the quality of their messages, as well as the dynamism and originality of their presentations which can include audio-visual materials, audience interaction, and other innovations.
The event will also provide networking opportunities for the Japan-related business, policy, academic, and creative communities in the Washington DC area. Student volunteers from the Japanese program at GW will staff the event. While students’ presentations will be in Japanese, contest proceedings will be MC’ed in both English and Japanese.