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LCUH Students participate in KY Annual Japanese Speech Contest

LCUH Students participate in KY Annual Japanese Speech Contest

Kaylee Lambert (EKU Geography major) and Paige Naylor (EKU Biology major) participated in the Kentucky Annual Japanese Speech Contest at University of Kentucky's Lexington campus on March 4, 2017.  Sponsored by the Japanese American Association of Kentucky (JASK), this event invites high school and college Japanese language learners to demonstrate their skills to motivate them in pursuing their studies.  By participating, learners see first-hand what they can accomplish if they continue to study at the collegiate level.

This is the 4th Annual Japanese Speech Contest in Kentucky; a combination of a speech contest, Japan-related talent show, and Japanese dining experience.  The event also includes an opportunity for students to display a broader variety of cultural talents related to Japan, as well as a large group meal (either catered or cooked by a “cooking team” of students and teachers). 

Both Mx. Lambert and Mx. Naylor participated in the Level 3 contest out of 6 skill levels, running from beginning High School studies up to students who have experienced emmersive study abroad.  Participants submit 5 minute video presentations of their own composition of speech in both English and Japanese translations that are evaluated by a panel of judges. They are judged on quality of speaking skills, language and gramatical accuracy and relevance, as well as culturally appropriate behavior and stance.

For more information about the event, contact EKU Associate Professor of Japanese, Dr. Christopher Michael Rich ( 

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Published on March 06, 2017

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