OVERVIEW

Contest format

Eligibility
The Contest is open to candidates 8 – 16 years of age..

The contest starts at the local level with the Local iSpeak Contest.  Only gold and silver medallists from the Local iSpeak Contest of the same year can progress to the Global iSpeak Contest held in Singapore.

International Junior Honor Society, Scholarships
Candidates who have won 2 or more significant awards - either Gold medal at Local iSpeak or Gold or Silver medal at Global iSpeak - can be eligible for the :
a)   International Junior Honor Society (IJHS); and/or
b)   Young achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) scholarships.    
For more details, please view http://scholastictrust.org/ijhs/

Dates
25 March 2019 to 4 April 2019, 5 pm SG time
Contest (Format)
Local iSpeak(2-minute videoed speech)
Categories
Junior Category (9 to 12 years old)
Senior Category (13 to 16 years old)
Remarks
- Compete within the Junior Category in each country- Maximum 100 candidates per country on first-come-first-serve basis
- Compete within the Senior Category in each country- Maximum 100 candidates per country on first-come-first-serve basis
6 July 2019
Global iSpeak(2-minute live speech + 2-minute group speech)
Junior Category (9 to 12 years old)
Senior Category (13 to 16 years old)
- Compete globally in the Junior Category- Only open to Local iSpeak Gold or Silver medallists of same year- Maximum 6 candidates per country
- Compete globally in the Senior Category- Only open to Local iSpeak Gold or Silver medallists of same year- Maximum 6 candidates per country

General Terms of Participation

Personal Data
All personal data collected by the Organiser (inlingua SG or IST) in connection with the Contest will be processed by the Organiser within and outside Singapore as part of qualifying candidates or for marketing purposes and subject to inlingua’s Privacy Policy (http://www.inlingua.edu.sg/student-info/policies-and-regulations/privacy-policy).  Note that the Organiser may share candidates’ personal data with its Partner Schools, School Coordinators, Country Coordinators etc (collectively known as ‘Agents’) both within and outside Singapore.

The Organiser and its Agents reserve the right to request proof of identity and stated address (to the satisfaction of the Organiser and/or Agents) before issuing any prize for either the Local Contest or the Global Contest.

Intellectual Property
By registering for the Contest, candidates understand that the Organiser and/or its Agents can use a candidate’s name, portrait, picture, image, speech or other information in any media type for marketing and/or publicity purposes.

Limitation of Liability  
The candidates and their parents/guardians agree not to hold the Organiser and/or its appointed staff/agents liable for any illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, expense, tax due or damage sustained directly or indirectly, from :
a)    Candidates’ involvement in the contest and/or the receipt and use of the award or any portion of it; and/or
b)    Any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information communicated in connection with this Contest; and/or
c)     Candidates’ failure to receive the award notification email for whatever reasons; and/or
d)   Any kind of technical malfunction or failures of any hardware of software such as internet or telephone services, computers, cables, networks, etc; and/or
e)    Human or electronic errors made in the administration of the contest or the processing of entries.

Modifications of Terms
The Organiser reserves the right to modify the Terms of Participation and/or Contest Rules or to cancel the Contest without giving reasons.  Such changes will be announced in the website.

Benefits for Medallists
Candidates who have won 2 or more significant awards - either Gold medal at Local iSpeak or Gold or Silver medal at Global iSpeak - can be eligible for the :
a)   International Junior Honor Society (IJHS); and/or
b)   Young achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) scholarships.
For more details, please view http://scholastictrust.org/ijhs/

Judging Criteria

Registration & OTHER DETAILS

Local ispeak contest details

Key Dates for the Local iSpeak Contest
Event                                                                                            Date
Online registration opens                                                         25 March 2019
Online registration closes                                                         18 April 2019
Local iSpeak results announcement                                       6 May 2019
Expression of interest for Global iSpeak                                7 May 2019
Medals and certificates for Local iSpeak sent out                11 May 2019
Deadline for award collection by candidates                        30 June 2019

Registration for Local iSpeak Contest
• Registration fee is SGD 45 per candidate, to be paid using Flywire*.  You will be guided to Flywire during registration
• Candidates must register online in English at the contest website between 25 March 2019 to 18 April 2019, 5 pm Singapore time
• Duplicate registrations for the same candidate will result in disqualification
• Registration will involve video submission and payment
• Videos date/time-stamped after the registration deadline will be disqualified
• The Organiser has the right to extend or reduce the registration period and this will be announced in the contest website
*Flywire is a payment gateway which allowsyou to securely make payment from overseas, often in your local currency. using various home country payment options such as bank transfer, credit card,e-payments, e-wallets, etc – all with no additional fees.    Flywire site for iSpeak Payments : inlingua-speak.flywire.com

Video Recording Requirements
Before registration for the Local iSpeak Contest,candidates should have already recorded a 2-minute video on the 2019 topic for the Local iSpeak Contest : Why my school is the best

Videos should meet the following requirements or be disqualified :
• Videos must be in MP4, WMV, WEBM, FLV or AVI formats
• Length of video to be between 1 to 2 minutes long
• Videos uploaded before the Local iSpeak registration deadline to either Youtube or Tudou video sharing sites only, with published dates easily found
• Videos uploaded must remain available for viewing to viewers outside candidate’s country up to 6 months following Local iSpeak registration deadline
• Every candidate should precede their recording with the following introduction :
‘My name is <<NAME>> and I am <<AGE>> years old this year.  I am from <<COUNTRY>> and am currently studying in the <<SCHOOL NAME>>.  My topic for today is ‘Why my school is the best’
• Videos should have clear audio with minimal echo, static or other excessive noise
• Recordings should include the entire upper body (waist up) to show speech and facial expressions/hand gestures of the candidates
• Video images should be stable, not jerky
• Videos are recorded using single-camera setup
• Videos are not be edited in any way, such as, by adding text, graphics, images, special effects etc
• Videos to be preferably named <<COUNTRY CODE>>-<<NAME>>.   Refer to ISO link for the information sheet for country code.

Local iSpeak Results Announcement
Results for the contest will be announced in thie website (under Announcements-Local iSpeak Results) on Monday 6 May 2019.
 
Winners can expect to collect their awards from School Coordinators or Country Coordinators (for candidates not from partner schools) about 2 to 3 weeks following the results announcement   Awards that are unclaimed for 1 month after the results announcement will be forfeited.

The following awards will be given out for the Local iSpeak Contest based on the qualified entries received per country:

global ispeak contest DETAILS

Key Dates
Event
                                                                                                                            Date
Registration (by Country Coordinators) of candidates for Global iSpeak         20 May 2019
Confirm & pay for travel packages for candidates, teachers, etc                       27 May 2019
Global iSpeak contest                                                                                                6 July 2019

Registration for Global iSpeak Contest
• Eligible only to gold or silver medallists from the Local iSpeak Contest of the same year
• Limited to 12 candidates (6 in Junior category, 6 in Senior category) per country
• Interested candidates should register their interest with their School/Country Coordinators first to await final selection by the latter (using their own criteria and independent of the Organiser) for the Global iSpeak Contest
• Registration fee is SGD 110 per candidate
• Candidates participate in Singapore at their own cost
• Country partners must register candidates for Global iSpeak by 20 May 2019, 5 pm Singapore time.

Requirements for Live Speech
• Every candidate is expected to give an individual and a group speech
• The top 3 candidates for the individual speech for each category will have to repeat their individual speeches again at the end of the day as part of the selection for the top prizes
• Individual and Group speeches must be done from the designated platform/area without any props and sound effects
• Candidates can use notes to remind themselves of what to say
• Individual speeches should be between 1 to 2 minutes long.  Speeches of length less than 1 minute of greater than 2.5 minutes will be disqualified.  The candidate will be told to stop speaking at the 2.5-minute mark
• Group speeches should cumulatively be between 3 to 6 minutes. Group speeches of cumulatively less than 3 minutes will result in group disqualification. The group will be told to stop speaking at the 6.5-minute mark
    *The Organiser will pre-assign candidates into teams of 2 – 3 persons to participate in the group speech
     *No swopping of group members is allowed
     *The group can decide on sequence and length of speech for its members
◦ Group members can speak more than once during the group speech if required so long as the entire group speech in within 6 minutes
• The Organiser will give appropriate reminders at different times so candidates are aware of how much time they have left to speak
     *Individual Speech – A reminder will be given at the 1-minute, 1.5 minute and 2-minute marks
     *Group Speech - A reminder will be given at the 3-minute and 5.5-minute and 6-minute marks  

Global iSpeak Results Announcement
The results for both Individual and Group speeches will be announced during the Award Ceremony which will be held at the end of the day.   Results will also be posted subsequently in the contest website  (under Announcements-Global iSpeak Results).  Recipients of cash awards for the Global iSpeak Contest will be required to acknowledge receipt of award.

Candidates should try to collect the award in person during the ceremony, failing which the School/Country Coordinator can collect on his/her behalf.  

The Organiser will not be responsible for awards not collected by winners in person; it is the responsibility of the winners to pick up their awards from the School/Country Coordinator within 1 month after the award ceremony lest they be forfeited.

The following awards will be given out for the Global iSpeak Contest : 

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announcements

1) Note that the registration deadline for the Local iSpeak has been extended to 18 April 2019 midnight.

2) The iSpeak Contest is proud to be endorsed by the 'Speak Good English Movement' in Singapore.

3) Videos for iSpeak Local to preferably be in the format <<COUNTRY CODE>>-<<STUDENT NAME>>. Refer to the information sheet (downloaded from the icon under the Overview) for country codes.

4) If you need marketing materials for parents/students, do download this softcopy iSpeak flyer template.

2019 local iSpeak results

2019 GLObal iSpeak results

EXAMPLE OF A 2-MINUTE VIDEO SPEECH

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