A chance for Japanese-language students to shine.


Grand_4cYou’ve put in hours of study and conversation practice, mastering conjugation and polite vs. casual speech, so why not show off all you’ve learned?

Saturday, March 2, marks the 37th Ontario Japanese Speech Contest (OJSC), and though the deadline for registration has passed there’s lots of time to prepare for next year. Students of all levels can compete in four categories— including beginner, intermediate, advanced and open—and first prize winners move on to compete at the national level.

The organizing committee for the contest is comprised of representatives from the Toronto Japanese Language School, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and York University, with the support of the Consulate-General of Japan and the Japan Foundation. Applicants must be over 18, reside in Ontario and, of course, be studying Japanese! Specifically, applicants should be studying through a language school or university, as you will need to apply from that institution. And though applicants are free to choose their speech topic, the committee recommends topics related to Canada and Japan.

If you’re a Japanese-language student residing in Ontario, the OJSC is the perfect chance to flex your talents. Come check out this year’s competition to get tips and inspiration for next year.