Two Students Make It to Final Round of J.LIVE Talk

Barbara Chen (Undergraduate, Arts & Sciences) and Zizhou Wang (MA Student, EALC) proceeded to the final round in the speech competition called J.LIVE Talk, organized by George Washington University. As finalists, they were invited to make presentations in Washington, DC.

About the competition:

J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk is a college-level Japanese language speech competition that emphasizes a comprehensive range of learned communication skills.

Unlike a traditional speech contest, this competition will evaluate the dynamism, vision and level of engagement of each participant’s presentation, which can include audio-visual materials, audience interaction, and other innovations that enhance his or her talk in a manner similar to the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks. The competition aims to provide a platform for graduate and undergraduate students of institutions of higher education to:

  • showcase their proficiency in Japanese
  • polish their public speaking skills
  • share ideas from their unique perspectives and
  • connect with the larger Japanese-affiliated community.

Barbara and Zizhou were respectively chosen among the three finalists in their own category. Please see the link below.

UPenn is the only institution that has two finalists in the competition this year. This is the first time our students participated in the competition and made such a great achievement. We are very proud of both Barbara and Zizhou!