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Release: March 5, 2002

UI hosts Japanese speech contest for high school, college students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host the 6th annual Japanese Speech Contest on March 9 in 100 Phillips Hall.

Iowa high school students and college students from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota will be judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a three- to seven-minute speech about a topic of their choice. High school students will compete at two levels and college students will compete at three levels, depending on how long they have been studying Japanese.

Registration beings at 8:30 a.m. followed by opening remarks from Stephen Vlastos, director for Asian and Pacific Studies. The top three speakers in each level will be awarded prizes following the competition.

The contest is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with support from the Japan Foundation, Japan Forum, Consulate General of Japan, ALC Publishing, UI International Programs, UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Aoeshe Japanese Restaurant. For more information contact yukiko-hatasa@uiowa.edu.