Speech

Speech: Level III+
(Levels III and IV are judged together without distinction)
Topics are announced at 9:30 in the assigned room. Each student has 30 minutes to prepare a 3-5 minute speech that will be delivered verbatim or from notes. At the end of the preparation time the notes are collected and handed back at the appointed time. Students will return at their appointed times to deliver their speeches.

Reference works may be brought, but must be made available to all. Students supply their own pen and paper. The topic will relate to this year’s theme of Bayern. Students may use this resource to find information about Bayern https://www.bayern.de/unser-bayern/.

 Rubric

Distinguished
4 points
Superior
3 points
Excellent
2 points
Good
1 point
Organization Students write and speak in paragraphs rather than in unconnected sentences. There is a clear logic to the order of their points, which flow smoothly and support each other. Students write and speak in paragraphs rather than in unconnected sentences. Students write and speak in sentences, some of which are connected to each other. Their points may support their claim, but they are not organized. Students write and speak in unconnected sentences. There is no clear organization to what they are saying.
Quality of Thought Students are able to describe the topic in detail and with nuance, presenting or recognizing multiple sides of the issue (I think x, though some may think y, because…” etc.). Students are able to describe the topic in detail. They take a stance and then defend it throughout the speech. Students are able to describe the topic with some detail. They have a stance/claim, but it lacks some support. Students are unable to describe the topic and lack a stance/claim.
Fluency The student has excellent control of all time frames as well as accurate use of grammar (gender, sentence structure, etc.). Vocabulary is varied and specific, showing a good command of the German language. The student has good control of past, present, and future time frames, as well as mostly accurate grammar/vocabulary. There may be a few mistakes with gender or sentence structure, but nothing that would distract from the overall presentation. The judge can easily understand what he or she is saying. The student has moderately good control of past, present, and future time frames, though these may break down at times. The student uses mostly accurate grammar/vocabulary, and although they make several mistakes, nothing distracts too much from the presentation. The judge can understand what he or she is saying. The student does not have control of past, present, and future time frames. He or she struggles with grammar/vocabulary, and it is difficult to understand what they are saying.