Sample Judging Criteria
Phonetically Viewed (10 points)
- Pronunciation: Is each word clear?
- Volume: Can you hear well?
- Intonation: Does the expression vary? Can you hear the rise and fall in the pitch in their voice?
- Pace: Is the rhythm, speed and momentum maintained?
Content (10 points)
- What is the quality of their subject matter?
- Did you want to keep listening?
- Did you learn something?
- Did it motivate you?
- What is the quality of their choice of wording?
- Is the speech clearly organised?
Expression (10 points)
- Is there good use of eye contact?
- Does the speaker appear relaxed and confident?
- Is there effective use of emotion (e.g. humor, anger, sadness)?
- Does the speaker hold the attention of the audience?
- Is the speech memorised?
- No Penalty: quickly checking the paper a few times for reference.
- Minor Penalty: Exceeding 5 minute time frame will result in a penalty.
- Minor Penalty: Excessively checking their paper will result in a penalty (referencing paper more than 4 or 5 times).
- Minor Penalty: Extended periods of checking will result in a penalty (staring at the paper for a long time).
- Major Penalty: Directly reading their speech will result in a penalty.
The severity of each penalty is left to the discretion of each individual judge