World Language Day Competitions and Activities

The following competitions will be available for high school students of Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese.

Competition Level
Who am I? Level 1 Students Only
Who am I? Level 1 Heritage Spanish Speakers Only
Show and Tell Level 2 Students Only
Show and Tell Level 2 Heritage Spanish Speakers Only
Skits (5 people or fewer) Level 3 Students Only*
Memorized Poetry Recitation Level 4 Students Only*
Extemporaneous Speech Level 5 Students Only*
Extemporaneous Speech Native Speakers Only*
Song/Dance Cultural Entertainment All Students
Dramatic Cultural Entertainment All Students
Individual Talent Competition All Students
Art and Soccer Competitions All Students
Videotaped Commercial Competition All Levels

*Note: Only open to French, German and Spanish competitors.

Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. All competitors must be registered online no later than March 25, 2016. All competitions listed are for non-native speakers unless otherwise indicated. We encourage native speakers to enter the extemporaneous speech or competitions designated for all levels. See below descriptions for more details. Pay attention to time limits as points will be deducted for going over.

  • WHO AM I? – LEVEL I
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. The student will have one minute to describe him/herself to the judges. Possible topics include the student's interests, family, daily routine, etc. Students will be judged on fluency, preparedness, thoroughness, pronunciation, and breadth and appropriate usage of vocabulary. No notes will be allowed.
  • WHO AM I? – LEVEL I – HERITAGE SPANISH SPEAKER ONLY
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor. The student will have one minute to describe him/herself to the judges. Possible topics include the student's interests, family, daily routine, etc. Students will be judged on fluency, preparedness, thoroughness, pronunciation, and breadth and appropriate usage of vocabulary. No notes will be allowed.
  • SHOW AND TELL – LEVEL II
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. The student will bring an object and describe it. Note: Object must be inanimate. The presentation should be limited to 60-90 seconds. Students will be judged on fluency, preparedness, including being set up and ready to go when the competition begins, thoroughness, pronunciation, and breadth and appropriate usage of vocabulary. No notes will be allowed.
  • SHOW AND TELL – LEVEL II – HERITAGE SPANISH SPEAKER ONLY
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor. The student will bring an object and describe it. Note: Object must be inanimate. The presentation should be limited to 60-90 seconds. Students will be judged on fluency, preparedness, including being set up and ready to go when the competition begins, thoroughness, pronunciation, and breadth and appropriate usage of vocabulary. No notes will be allowed.
  • SKIT – LEVEL III
    • Each school is allowed only ONE entry of two to five students from each language. The students will perform a simple and original presentation. The presentations should be limited to five minutes. Students will be judged on fluency, blocking, dramatic interpretation, projection, pronunciation, memorization, originality, and thematic content.
  • MEMORIZED POETRY RECITATION – LEVEL IV
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. The student will recite a non-original memorized poem. No props or notes should be used. A copy of the poem must be submitted to the judges. The presentation should be limited to 2 minutes. Student will be judged on fluency and pronunciation, preparedness and memorization, projection, and quality of interpretation.
  • EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEECH – LEVEL V
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. The student will be given a topic upon which to expound. Students will be given two minutes to prepare. No notes will be allowed. The student will speak for two to three minutes and will be judged on fluency and pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and delivery.
  • EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEECH – NATIVE SPEAKER ONLY
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. The student will be given a topic upon which to expound. Students will be given two minutes to prepare. No notes will be allowed. The student will speak for two to three minutes and will be judged on fluency and pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and delivery.
  • INDIVIDUAL TALENT COMPETITION – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed only one competitor from each language. This activity must have cultural relevance and include a memorized introduction by the performer in the target language. Any songs should be sung in the target language. The performance should also be memorized. This competition is for individual students only, but individuals may bring an accompanist who may have sheet music. A piano will be provided upon request. Performances should not be more than 5 minutes. Please plan accordingly as no speakers or microphones will be allowed, and if CDs, MP3s, or other music playing devices are needed, the performers are responsible for bringing them. PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations, only student participants and their teachers will be allowed at the individual talent competitions.
  • SONG/DANCE CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed only ONE entry of two to twenty students from each language. The performance should reflect the culture of a foreign country and should fall within the categories of singing (in the target language) and/or dancing. This activity must include a memorized introduction by the performer in the target language (TL). The performance should not exceed 10 minutes and must be memorized. Please plan accordingly as no speakers or microphones will be allowed, and if CDs, MP3s, or other music playing devices are needed, the performers are responsible for bringing them. Dance performances will be judged on the quality of the TL introduction, the cultural authenticity of the dance itself, execution of steps, synchronization of dancers with accompaniment, and with each other, and stage presence. Singing performances will be judged on the quality of the TL introduction, the cultural authenticity of the song, fluency/pronunciation, delivery (style, projection), quality of memorization, and technical execution.
  • DRAMATIC CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed only ONE entry of two to twenty students from each language. The performance should reflect the culture of a foreign country and should fall within the categories of a presentation, a dramatic excerpt from a Spanish, a French, a German, a Chinese play, or an original skit, performed in the target language (TL). This activity must include a memorized introduction by the performer in the target language. The performance should not exceed 10 minutes and must be memorized. No speakers or microphones will be allowed, so please plan accordingly. Students will be judged on the quality of the TL introduction, fluency and pronunciation, dramatic interpretation, quality of memorization, and delivery (projection, blocking, and overall smoothness of the presentation).
  • ART COMPETITION: PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, POSTER ART & SCULPTURES COMPETITION – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed only ONE competitor from each language. Entries will be judged on quality of craftsmanship, creativity, cultural relevance, and originality. All enteries must be preregistered for this event.
  • PIÑATA COMPETITION (SPANISH ONLY) – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed TWO competitors. Entries will be judged on quality of craftsmanship, creativity, cultural relevance, and originality.
  • SOCCER COMPETITION – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed only one participant from each language. The teams will be comprised of several students from each language from different schools. Please see Soccer Competition Release. This Soccer Competition Release/waiver form must be signed and returned before the student is allowed to participate.
    • This document can be found at: http://www.unco.edu/fld/registration_info.html
    • All soccer students must be registered by March 4, 2016. If additional students are interested in playing, please contact us at: anna.williams@unco.edu after March 21st to see if there are spaces available.
  • VIDEOTAPED COMMERCIAL COMPETITION – ALL LEVELS
    • Each school is allowed to send one commercial per level per language. You may choose the level(s) of students – level I, II, III, IV, V, or native speaker. Please do not mix levels in a commercial. Commercials may be no longer than one minute. Commercials will be judged on fluency, pronunciation, cultural relevance, delivery, blocking/choreography and originality. In addition, the quality of video recording will be considered. Keep in mind the viewer should be able to tell what the product being sold is. Commercials must be sent in wmv, mvi, or mp4 format via email or saved to disk (please do not burn dvds) and mailed to the address on the form. Please review additional guidelines for Video Commercials.
    • This document can be found at: http://www.unco.edu/fld/registration_info.html
  • FOOD TASTING - ACTIVITY – this is not a competition!
    • Each school is allowed ONE food item from each language. Please provide food items only for tasting. Students should bring an authentic recipe written in the foreign language on a 6 x 8 card to identify their dessert and a serving utensil for each item. If the dessert requires refrigeration, a cooler must be provided by student. Likewise, we will be unable to provide a means of reheating the desserts. This activity will allow students from all languages to present their culinary delights for tasting.

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