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2016 Foreign Language Competition participant

Judging Criteria

  • Judges

    Each teacher registering students agrees to judge one or more designated events and, if for any reason the teacher is unwilling or unable to do so, he or she should obtain a qualified substitute to judge. 

    Students will not be able to participate if their sponsoring teacher or alternate judge fails to appear and judge.

    Teachers will not judge their own students, and teachers will not be allowed to watch their students competing.

    Correct identification numbers and language are essential to award sweepstakes points. Judges’ and competitors’ legible names and overall ratings are essential.

    Judges’ constructive suggestions are strongly encouraged. However, judges are not to critique a student’s choice of material — it may have been chosen by the student’s teacher.

  • Participants
    • Level Of Participants

      Competition will follow the ACTFL proficiency performance levels. Please refer to the following resources:

      Proficiency performance levels are as follows:

      • First Year: I
      • Second Year: II
      • Third and Fourth Year: III/IV
      • Native Speaker: NS
    • Assignment of Points
      • Zero points will be given to participants who fail to timely appear for a scheduled event.
      • The top three schools per language ranked by the average number of points will be announced as first, second and third place winners. In case of exact mathematical ties, duplicate trophies will be awarded.
      • Each student must participate in four required events within the same language.
    • Criteria for Assigning Native/Non-native Speaker Status

      Native Speaker

      • Speaks the language at home or some comparable informal setting on a regular basis with family, friends, etc.
      • Educated in the language at school, and has reading capacity such that he or she comprehends the gist of a well-developed, non-technical paragraph.
      • Speaks, understands, reads and writes the language fluently.

      Non-native Speaker

      • Has little or no exposure to the language outside the classroom.
      • Has some limited exposure to the language, knows a few words, but cannot speak or understand the language with ease.
      • Has limited speaking knowledge, little or no formal instruction and cannot read or write the language. 

      At the competition, judges will be able to reclassify native speakers whom they consider wrongly entered as non-native speakers. The student will still receive an evaluation, but no points will be counted toward the sweepstakes award.

      All teachers are responsible for entering native speakers appropriately so as to challenge them and to provide fair competition for non-native speakers.

  • Individual Judging
    • Poetry Recitations

      Each student will recite poems from the list provided (see separate language webpage). Most poems should require no more than one to two minutes recitation time. Students may select any poem from the list provided for their specific level. No substitutions are allowed.

      Poetry Selection:

      Poetry Ratings

      Preparation:

      • Appropriate introduction
      • Selection appropriate for level
      • Freedom from manuscript

      Delivery:

      • Pronunciation
      • Appropriate pitch, rate, volume, variety of voice
      • Effective eye contact
      • Effective facial and body action

      Understanding of the Material

      • Reading reflects understanding of intellectual and emotional content

      General Effectiveness

      • Interesting to audience
      • Good communication
      • Generally effective
    • Reading (Prose)

      Each student will bring two copies of an appropriate language-level prose selection chosen by the student or his/her teacher.

      Each student will provide a copy of the reading to the assigned judge at the scheduled event.

      The reading should take no more than 2-3 minutes where longer time is appropriate for more advanced speakers.

      Reading Ratings

      Preparation

      • Appropriate introduction
      • Selection appropriate for level
      • Selection interesting
      • Freedom from manuscript

      Delivery

      • Pronunciation
      • Appropriate pitch, rate, volume, variety of voice
      • Effective eye contact
      • Effective facial and body action

      Understanding of the Material

      • Reading reflects understanding of intellectual and emotional content

      General Effectiveness

      • Interesting to audience
      • Good communication
      • Generally effective
    • Extemporaneous Speech

      Each student will be given no more than three minutes to study the extemporaneous situation card each will draw upon entering the event judging room.

      The situations cards are appropriate to the proficiency level.

      The speaking should take no more than 2-3 minutes where longer time is appropriate for more advanced speakers.

      Extemporaneous Speech Rating

      • Vocabulary: Consistent use of appropriate words
      • Pronunciation: Approximation of native standards
      • Structure: Wide range of sentence patterns with no errors
      • Fluency: Complete, meaningful sentences with no strain or stumbling
      • General Effectiveness: Natural, meaningful speech free from error in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation
    • Computer-assisted Listening and Reading Comprehension Tests

      The test will be administered from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Rooms 033 and 035 in the Academic Building. 

  • Short Film

    The film theme is:

    “KNOW LANGUAGES — KNOW SUCCESS”

    Each school must submit one 3-5 minute film for each language in which it is competing.

    Submission Process

    Entrants must follow the online procedures for electronically submitting video. Media submissions that fail to work or are not comprehendible for any reason will result in the disqualification of the entry and zero points for the film entry. Films submitted by your school in previous years will not be rated and will result in 0 points for the Film category. 

    Accepted file types are:

    • mov
    • mp4
    • avi
    • mpeg
    • mpg
    • wmv

    Predominant Authorship and Originality

    The competition invites submissions of original creative works in which the entrant maintained predominant authorship over the project’s content and aesthetics (producing, directing, writing, editing, etc.).

    Legal Permissions

    The entrant agrees to clear all licenses, copyrights and permissions to ensure that the submission can legally and ethically be presented at the Foreign Language Competition.

    Submission Deadline

    All entries must be submitted online. Online submissions will be accepted before March 5, 2017. Points received for each film will be tabulated toward the total score each school receives in a competing language.

    Ratings

    Vocabulary (judged by language faculty):

    • Use of appropriate words free from error in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation 
    • Communicates clearly the value of studying a foreign language

    Visual Effect (judged by film faculty):

    • Visual creativity
    • Cinematography
    • Sound design and soundtrack
    • Editing
    • Effective use of special effect

    Judging

    A panel of media educators and language professionals will judge each entry.

    All entries must be submitted online before March 5, 2017.

  • Poster

    The poster theme is:

    “KNOW LANGUAGES – KNOW SUCCESS”

    Every participating school must submit one 16” x 20” digital poster for each language in which it is competing.

    The posters may be prepared by individual students or may be done as a class project. Teachers should approve the content and format of each poster.

    Format

    The posters are to be submitted electronically as PDF files once completed.

    Predominant Authorship and Originality

    The competition invites submissions of original creative works in which the entrant maintained predominant authorship over the project’s content and aesthetics (design, writing, editing, etc.). Posters submitted by your school in previous years will not be rated and will result in 0 points for the Poster category. 

    Legal Permissions

    The entrant agrees to clear all licenses, copyrights and permissions to ensure that the submission can legally and ethically be presented at the Foreign Language Competition.

    Submission Deadline

    All entries must be submitted online before March 5, 2017.

    Points received for each poster will be tabulated toward the total score each school receives in a competing language.

    Students should be encouraged to emphasize the positive aspects of learning French, German, or Spanish in particular or foreign languages in general.

    Ratings

    Vocabulary:

    • Use of appropriate words free from error in vocabulary and pronunciation, spelled correctly and used grammatically

    Visual Effect:

    • Communicates clearly the value of studying a foreign language
    • Uses aesthetics and/or creative elements
    • Contributes overall to the discipline in both form and substance
    • Promotes the positive aspects of foreign languages

    Judging

    A panel of ASU’s foreign language clubs members will judge the posters.

    All films and posters will be showcased throughout the duration of the language competition in Room 004 of the Academic Building.

    All entries must be submitted online before March 5, 2017.

    All entries must be submitted online before March 5, 2017.